Physics

Katharine Burr Blodgett

Many of the films honored with Oscars throughout the years owe the beauty of their moving images to research scientist Katharine Burr Blodgett.

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Ida Tacke Noddack

Chemist Ida Tacke Noddack was the first woman in Germany to hold a professional position as a chemist, and helped discover the element rhenium.

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Gabriela González

Meet the spokesperson for LIGO, the organization that just announced they have detected gravitational waves, Gabriela Gonzalez.

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Katherine Freese

Meet Dr. Katherine Freese, an astrophysicist studying dark matter and dark energy.

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Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is pioneering the use of lasers and nanoparticles to fight cancer.

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Yanping Guo

in 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons probe towards Pluto. Thanks to Yanping Guo, it reached its destination exactly on time. Image Source: NASA

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Maria Telkes

A pioneer of the use of solar energy, Maria Telkes, is often referred to as the “Sun Queen” and the ‘Mother of the Solar Home.” Image: Wikimedia.

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Sophie Germain

The late 18th century was not the best time to devote yourself to a life-long study of mathematics if you were the daughter of a merchant growing up in Paris, France. But that didn’t stop Marie-Sophie Germain. Image: Wikimedia.

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Leona Marshall Libby

Leona Marshall Libby first worked with physicist Enrico Fermi at age 23, when she was on the team that built Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor.  The youngest member of the team as well as the only woman, Libby earned her PhD shortly after beginning the job.  

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