Women In Science Through History – International Women’s Day 2017
At Gem Scientific 50% of our workforce is female, so on International Women’s Day we thought we’d take a look at some of the women who have shaped scientific history.
Hypatia was a mathematician, astonomer and philosopher in Alexandia and the earlier female mathematician whose life was well documented. Daughter of Theon of Alexandia, himself a mathematician and astronomer, Hypatia was a popular teacher and became head of the Neoplatonist School in Alexandia.
More information on Hypatia: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hypatia
No list on women in science is complete without Marie Curie. Curie’s achievements were many including (but not limited to): two Nobel Prizes in different scientific fields (Physics and Chemistry), discovery of two elements (polonium and radium), development of the theory of radioactivity. Despite her success she faced great opposition from her male peers because she was a woman.
Learn more about Marie Curie here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/who/our-history/marie-curie-the-scientist
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an american engineer, physican and NASA astronaut. She was the first African American woman in space when she went into orbit aboard the Endeavour in 1992.
For more reading on Mae Jemison: http://www.space.com/17169-mae-jemison-biography.html
Despite these women, and many thousands of others today, pushing boundaries women still only make up a small percentage of workers in STEM fields.
For more information on women in STEM check out: http://www.womeninstem.co.uk/