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These Women In Science Changed The World, Here's How

Quick, do us a solid and think of the greatest scientists that we’ve had through history. Done? Okay good. Chances are the dominant names that probably popped up in your head are the likes of Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Nikola Tesla, right? And all of those are for good reason since all of them are brilliant and made really great contributions to the science that’s making our lives today so much easier.

There is one thing to note, however: all of them are men. In fact, science is often a male-dominated field. But despite this, there are still a lot of amazing women that broke that stereotype and made their own historical path to greatness. And if you want to learn more, then keep reading:

Marie Curie

One of the more known female scientists, Curie is behind the invention of a mobile X-ray unit and discovering radioactivity. She also discovered radium and polonium, and is actually the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize. She won another one for chemistry not long after that, making her the first person to be awarded twice.

Ada Lovelace

The title of the very first computer programmer falls to Lovelace, who was alredy making algorithms long before modern computers are a thing.

Katherine Johnson

Did you know that a woman is behind the orbital mechanics that enabled man to reach outer space for the very first time? That was all Johnson, who worked all her life in NASA without getting public recognition.

Janaki Ammal

Ammal is known as the first ever female plant scientist in India, and is behind developing high-breed plants that still grow today.

Vera Rubin

Besides being an astronomer, Rubin is behind the discovery of dark matter, which is the “glue” that helps pull our planet together.

Gladys West

Everybody say thank you to West, whose work made it possible for GPS technology to be entirely possible.

Flossie Wong-Staal

Staal’s work led to the development of cloning HIV in order to create better of our sense of self. Sadly, she does not get recognized enough.

woman scientist Study shows girls are less likely to pursue STEM majors in college because they do not believe they have the ability for challenging mathematics. Intel Free Press, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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