women in STEM

Top image: Emily Warren Roebling, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, 1953, from a photograph taken between 1860 and 1880. Library of Congress. Bottom image: Portrait of Emily Warren Roebling by Carolus-Duran, Brooklyn Museum. Text in the middle says: Emily Warren Roebling (September 23, 1843 – February 28, 1903) was an engineer known for her contributions over a period of more than 10 years to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband Washington Roebling developed caisson disease (a.k.a. decompression disease) and became bedridden. She served as a liaison and supervisor of construction through communicating between her husband and on-site personnel. Her husband was the chief engineer during construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which had been designed by his late father, John A. Roebling. A brilliant engineer herself, Emily was the final builder and the one who finished it.
Watercolour portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, circa 1840, possibly by Alfred Edward Chalon

Podcast Episode 54 l Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer

From the Archives: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was born on December 10, 1815. She was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Noel Byron. Ada Lovelace was an ...

Katalin Kariko winner of 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work in mRNA vaccines

Against All Odds – Fantastic Woman Katalin Kariko wins Nobel Prize

Fantastic Woman Katalin Kariko has won the Nobel Prize for her work in the development of mRNA vaccines that helped to control Covid-19

Black and white image of Maria Mitchell with text saying: Maria Mitchell, was born on August 1, 1818, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S. She was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States. In addition to other accomplishments, Mitchell pioneered ithe daily photography of sunspots & was the first to find that they were whirling vertical cavities rather than clouds, as had been earlier believed. In October 1847 Mitchell succeeded in establishing the orbit of a new comet, which became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.” She died on June 28 , 1889.
Eunice Newton Foote's paper on CO2

Fantastic Women Series: Eunice Newton Foote

Eunice Newton Foote - She was the first one to observe the effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 1856. We know this now as the Greenhouse Effect, the cause of our current global warming.

Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman in Space in her uniform 1969

Valentina Tereshkova – First Woman in Space

On June 16, 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to have flown in space on a solo mission on the Vostok 6. She orbited the Earth 48 times spent almost 3 days in space &am...

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Astronomical Institute Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Fantastic Women Series – Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Fantastic Women Series post about the astrophysicist who co-discovered the first radio pulsar in 1967 but – surprise surprise - the Nobel Prize this discovery received in 1974 did not include her name...

mary anning fossil hunter

Fantastic Women Series – Mary Anning, the original fossil hunter

Mary Anning was the original fossil hunter, fossil dealer and most importantly palaeontologist, who became famous for her important finds from Lyme Regis.