Women of note- Science edition
- Published:27th March 2017
Shockingly only 15 women have been awarded the Nobel prize for scientific pursuits, while men have been awarded it over 500 times.
In this blog post we would like to introduce you to three of the brightest female minds in science and make you question the above statistic.
Presenting three women of note- science edition
Katherine Johnson- Space scientist
Born in 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Katherine Johnson was the youngest of four children. Katherine discovered her passion at an early age: she loved numbers and she loved to count.
Katharine went on to do way more than just counting: she became the first African-American woman to attend graduate school at West Virginia University eventually becoming one of the most acclaimed female mathematicians of the 20th century.
Most notably, Johnson became a pivotal part of the NASA team and her calculations of the trajectory were critical to the success of the first moon landing in 1969.
Katherine Johnson´s spirit and determination helped lead NASA and humanity into a new era.
She won many prestigious awards, including mathematician of the year in 1997 and in 2015, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Oh, and Katherine recently got eternalised in the 2017 Hollywood movie “Hidden Figures“ that retells her story about the first moon landing.
A love for numbers can get you far in life.
Marie Curie- Physicist & Chemist
Can there be a more notable woman than scientist Marie Curie?! Doubtful.
She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win the award in two different fields — physics and chemistry.
Born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland, life wasn´t easy for Marie. Marie could not attend the men-only University of Warsaw, so she instead continued her education in Warsaw's "floating university," a set of underground, informal classes held in secret.
Despite those difficulties, she fought her way through and finally made it to the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris where she completed a degree in mathematics and physics.
Her work and research led to the discovery of polonium, radium and the further development of X-rays. She created the field of atomic physics coined the word radioactivity.
Oh, and Marie Curie also managed to pass down her love of science to the next generation: her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.
Ada Lovelace- Mathematician
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