Nicco’s list of notable female scientists

My lab recently went on a retreat, during which each lab member gave a presentation or led an activity on the topic of their choice (one colleague of mine led us in a ballet tutorial, another in a “choose your own adventure” Youtube video series). One presentation that I found particularly inspiring was simply a list of several female scientists and their important contributions to their fields. This is not the first time I have encountered such a list, but it is the first time that I was familiar with more than one or two of the names on it. I’m not particularly conversant in the names and deeds of my scientific forebears (a fact which I am working to remedy), so this has never surprised me. But this time I knew of 6 of the 13 of the scientists we talked about! That means I’ll be asking for seven biographies for my birthday this year…

Nicco’s list of notable female scientists:

  • Emilie de Chatelet
  • Caroline Herschel
  • Mary Somerville
  • Mary Anning
  • Maria Mitchell
  • Nettie Maria Stevens
  • Marie Curie
  • Irène Joliot-Curie
  • Lillian Moller Gilbreth
  • Maud Menten
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Barbara McClintock
  • Rosalind Franklin

I’d like to particularly highlight Caroline Herschel, because the reason I know of her is that one of my creative writing professors at Sweet Briar College, Carrie Brown, wrote an excellent novel about her called The Stargazer’s Sister (Washington Post review). I highly recommend it.

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