Category Archives: History of Science

Rosalind Franklin and DNA

Rosalind Franklin came from an accomplished family and decided as a young girl to become a scientist. Throughout her life, either as a student or as an accomplished and talented scientist, she adhered to a strong sense of personal morals and those traits that … Continue reading

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New Site on History of Women in Science

Just came across Tumblr blog on History of Women in Science. It’s quite good and can be used in  slide show format to relay briefs on women scientists in history from 2200+BCE on.  I learned something, two women scientists in early 1950s … Continue reading

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Laura Bassi;18th Century Physicist

I just recently came across a physicist and a woman who in the 18th century became the first woman professor of physics at the University of Bologna, Italy. An amazing achievement at that time though she did have some advantages … Continue reading

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These days

These days I’ll focus on one arena of physics that women are prolific in (numbers and pubs), that is astronomy. Yes there are a number of women gladly occupying small posts or large enough ones such as Jill Carter of … Continue reading

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Mileva Maric; Promise Thwarted

PBS.Org Mileva Maric – Einstein’s Wife PBS has compiled a history site devoted to Mileva Maric, the first wife of Albert Einstein who was herself a woman of tremendous intellect and promise. Much speculation has been made about how much … Continue reading

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It doesn’t just happen to women

Matt Ridley’s Wall Street Journal article; Is That Scientific Heretic a Genius—or a Loon?discusses the trials and tribulations that some heroes of science (originally considered heretics) suffer at the hands of their colleagues for putting forth a new idea – … Continue reading

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2009 Nobel prize for Medicine – Very significant discovery made by 2 Gals and a Guy

Telomeres and Telemerase; the discoverers I know this is an older story however, the discovery of the repair mechanism and process embedded within our DNA is one of the most significant scientific events of this century. The promise of affecting the … Continue reading

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