Physics

Sally Ride

On June 18th, 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she launched on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Shannon Walker

Space physicist Dr. Shannon Walker has a second distinction that sets her apart even from the small group of people that have traveled to space, in addition to being an astronaut she is also an aquanaut.

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Sabrina Pasterski

Physicist Sabrina Pasterski has studied at Harvard and MIT, has had her work cited by Stephen Hawking, and even built her own airplane, all before the age of 23.

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Chien Shiung Wu

Thought to be the only person from China to work on the Manhattan Project, Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu has been referred to as the “Queen of Nuclear Research.”

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Inge Lehmann

Inge Lehmann helped us discover what really lies at the center of our planet.

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Peg Hunter

Today, we’re celebrating a woman whose work at ILM helped bring Return of the Jedi to life. Happy Star Wars Day and may the force be with you.

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Hélène Langevin-Joliot

Hélène Langevin-Joliot had quite a family legacy to live up to as the daughter and granddaughter of Nobel Prize winners, but she wasn’t deterred and has made her own impression on the world of physics.

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Patience Mthunzi-Kufa

With a background in both biology and physics, Dr. Patience Mthunzi-Kufa is poised to make big discoveries in the fields of biophotonics and disease eradication.

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Nadya Mason

Dr. Nadya Mason solved math problems for fun growing up before pursuing her career in quantum physics.

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Emmy Noether

Today we’re celebrating the birthday of a woman that Einstein called a “creative mathematical genius,” Emmy Noether.

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