Mildred Cohn

Inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009, Dr. Mildred Cohn has also been awarded the National Medal of Science.

Florence B. Seibert

Stricken by polio at the age of three, Dr. Florence Seibert turned to academics because she couldn’t go out and play like other children. In her career, she improved and standardized the test for tuberculosis.

Mildred Dresselhaus

Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, known as the Queen of Carbon Chemistry, has been a trailblazer since her early days.

Nettie Stevens

Dr. Nettie Stevens career as a geneticist wasn’t very long, lasting only about 11 years, but in that short time she was able to make huge strides in understanding genetic traits.

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Walker trained as a surgeon, volunteered for the Union Army in the Civil War, and is the only woman to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Christine Darden

Dr. Christine Darden has said of her success as an engineer at NASA, “I was able to stand on the shoulders of those women who came before me, and women who came after me were able to stand on mine.” Learn more about the contributions this aerospace engineer on today’s podcast.

Dorothy Horstmann

It was believed that the polio virus directly attacked the central nervous system until Dr. Dorothy Horstmann made a ground breaking discovery about the mechanism involved with the spread of Polio in the body.

Shirley Ann Jackson

On July 1st, 1999 Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson became president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and since then she has transformed the oldest technical research university in the United States.

Jeanette E. Brown

Organic medicinal chemist Jeanette Brown is also a historian, author, and advocate for increasing diversity in science.

Pamela Silver

Dr. Pamela Silver is one of the founders of the emerging field of synthetic biology – a interdisciplinary combination of biology and engineering.

Barbara Rothbaum

Dr. Barbara Rothbaum is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of various psychological disorders, focusing primarily on PTSD.

Eugenie Clark

A professor at Columbia University told Eugenie Clark, “If you do finish, you will probably get married, have a bunch of kids, and never do anything in science after we have invested our time and money in you.” After 7 decades of field work with over 175 publications – and raising 4 children – Clark proved him wrong.

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