NCNHM: Women In Science

The Museum has a fascinating exhibit of women who have and are currently changing the world in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), careers. Bring your children to this exhibit and read a several of the bios. We need them, especially our women, to make our world a better place.

Here are a few of the amazing women represented at this exhibit.

This talented Chicago born gal is an engineer and physician who flew into space during an 8 day mission. Here she studied weightlessness, motion sickness, and bone cells. She also is a talented modern dancer and was the inspiration for the Lt. Khura character on Star Trek.

This China born woman has no post graduate degrees nor the usual credentials for scientific research, however she discovered artemisinin, a compound to treat malaria that has saved millions of lives. In 2015 she won the Nobel Prize for her discovery.

This Austrian woman was one of the first to discover nuclear fission in 1939. She was the second woman to obtain a doctoral degree in physics at the University of Vienna in 1905.

Born in London in 1920 this woman is known as the dame of DNA. Her work allowed Watson and Crick to understand the structure of DNA.

This American astronaut flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 and was the first woman of Indian origin in space. She died with the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and was awarded posthumously the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

This German biologist identified genes which cause an egg to be fertilized. Primarily working on fruit flies it gives information regarding our embryonic roots. She won the Nobel Prize in 1995 for her work.

Another NASA woman who in this instance innovated the space program by developing transmitters to transmit images from space. Her technology is also is used in surgery and television screens.

Nicknamed “Amazing Grace,” this Navy Admiral was the first to build a computer compiler converting code into English words through a series of “0’s” and “1’s.” She began the words debugging and computer bug when actual insects were found in the machine. The components for Fortran and Cobol computer languages were also developed by her.

And let us end with a climate change innovators…

This woman studies atmospheric change so we can predict weather and climate. She works with NASA and is co-director of the Berkley Institute of the Environment.

Photo by Markus Spiske on

And let us not forget Greta Thurnberg. This 16 year old Swedish woman recently spoke at the United Nations regarding climate change. She is a strong advocate and I am sure we will hear more of her.

Let us hope she wins!

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