Great Women Rulers of Science
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In modern science, women are indispensable. That was not always the case. Take for example Miranda Stuart (1795?-1865), a surgeon in the British Army, who spent her entire career posing as a man. It was only after her death that the truth came out. Luckily such tactics are no longer necessary.
Women on this ruler worked (or continue to work) in fields as diverse as Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Psychology, Biochemistry, Anthropology, Genetics, Ecology and Computer Science. We have tried to find individuals whose contributions were important to mankind, and who came from various time periods, regions of the world and educational backgrounds.
You might like to learn more about Margaret Meade (1901-1978), who studied indigenous peoples in Samoa, or Jane Goodall (1934- ), who continues to advocate worldwide on behalf of chimpanzees.
The dates listed are the years of each scientist’s birth and death, if known. We also list the area of science in which they worked (or continue to work). If the scientist won a Nobel Prize, we list the year in which that happened.
We regularly update our rulers and recently added Mary Jackson (1921-2005), and Margaret Hamilton (1936- ), both scientists at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The “head” image is of Marie Curie (1867-1934), who became the first woman to win a Nobel prize in any discipline when she won the prize for Physics in 1903. She went on to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911, making her the first person and only woman to win two Nobel Prizes. She is also one of only two people to win the prize in two different fields. Marie’s daughter Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956) won the prize for Chemistry in 1935, making the two the only mother-daughter pair to win Nobel Prizes.
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