These 6 Lady Scientists Totally Kicked Ass At What They Did – Science Of Course
In most areas of society, men have dominated for centuries. Even not that long ago, women's i...
In most areas of society, men have dominated for centuries. Even not that long ago, women's ideas were often discarded by a patriarchal scientific hierarchy. But even though science is still dominated by men, these 12 women were awesome as hell when it came to their fields of study.
1. Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson authored one of my all time favorite books, Silent Spring. She was an American marine biologist and conservationist, and her book warned of the dangers of pesticides and helped launch the modern environmental movement that we see today.
2. Barbara McClintock
Barbara McClintock was a cytogeneticist, a geneticist that studies the structure of cells, particularly mitochondria. She was a pinoeer in genetic research and is to this day one of the most distinguished scientists in her field. In 1983, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work in genetic transposition.
3. Lise Meitner
Lise Meitner, a physicist, is sometimes called the "Mother Of The Atom Bomb." She was a physicist from Austria and later Sweden, who with her colleague Otto Hahn, was the first to discover nuclear fission. This discovery has the capability to liberate or imprison the world, depending on who wields it. Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of nuclear fission. Meitner was not. Element 109, or Meitnerium, is named for her.
4. Maxine Singer
Maxine Singer is a molecular biologist hailing from the US. She played a pivotal role in unlocking the secrets of our genetic code and was the driver of discussions on the ethics of genetic engineering.
5. Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin was a chemist, biophysicist, and X-ray crystallographer who helped discover the double helix shape of DNA. In 1953, her work was used to create the modern model of DNA.
6. Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity. She was a Polish physicist and chemist. With the help of her husband, she made the incredible discoveries of Polonium and Radium and in 1903 was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. She won her second in chemistry in 1911.
It truly goes to show what sheer grit and determination can accomplish for you, even when the odds are stacked against you.