'These minibiographies of women who persisted will move anyone with
an avid curiosity about the world.' Publishers Weekly With a
foreword by Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics,
University of Cambridge and Master of Churchill College. Ten Women
Who Changed Science tells the moving stories of the physicists,
biologists, chemists, astronomers and doctors who helped to shape
our world with their extraordinary breakthroughs and inventions,
and outlines their remarkable achievements. These scientists
overcame significant obstacles, often simply because they were
women. Their science and their lives were driven by personal
tragedies and shaped by seismic world events. What drove these
remarkable women to cure previously incurable diseases, disprove
existing theories or discover new sources of energy? Some were
rewarded with the Nobel Prize for their pioneering achievements
-Madame Curie, twice - others were not and, even if they had been,
many are still not the household names they should be. Despite
living during periods when the contribution of women was
disregarded, if not ignored, these resilient women persevered with
their research, whether creating life-saving drugs or expanding our
knowledge of the cosmos. By daring to ask 'How?' and 'Why?' and
persevering against all odds, each of these women, in a variety of
ways, has helped to make the world a better place. The scientists
are: Henrietta Leavitt (United States, Astronomy); Lise Meitner
(Austria, Physics); Chien-Shiung Wu (United States, Physics); Marie
Curie (France, Chemistry); Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (United
Kingdom, Chemistry); Virginia Apgar (United States, Medicine);
Gertrude Elion (United States, Medicine); Rita Levi-Montalicini
(Italy, Biology); Elsie Widdowson (United Kingdom, Biology); Rachel
Carson (United States, Biology).
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