By Guest Blogger Susan Wells
When you think of scientists, you think of the greats, like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Galileo Galilei and Nikola Tesla. But what about the women scientists? Our world would be lacking without their contributions to science and research.
A little while ago on our Twitter feed, @spanglerscience, we asked if anyone could name 10 women scientists. Only one follower took the challenge and completed it. I thought it would make a good blog post to list some of the top female scientists and what they have contributed to the field of science and technology. In researching this I learned a lot and I hope you will too. I’m an overachiever, so I’ve listed 20 in no particular order.
- Marie Curie – born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867, she was a pioneer in radioactivity. Curie created a theory of radioactivity and discovered two elements, polonium and radium. She developed techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes. She was also the first person to be honored with two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and one in chemistry.
- Rosalind Franklin