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Female Astronauts: The Ultimate List [2023 Updated]

When most people think of astronauts, they tend to think of men. But there have been many incredible women who have also taken to the stars – literally. But women have played an essential part in space exploration as well as being trailblazing scientists. Here’s a list of some of the most notable female astronauts. Who knows, maybe one day you could be on this list too! Valentina Tereshkova True fact: Sally Ride wasn’t the…

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Lise Meitner: Women Weren’t Allowed to Attend University. She Self-Studied Her Way to a Doctorate.

She was the first woman in Germany to become a full professor and later run a Physics department. Albert Einstein called her “the German Marie Curie” After World World II, the Allies called her “the Mother of the Atomic Bomb.” And yet, when Hahn, her research partner, was awarded the Nobel Peace price in Chemistry in 1944, the committee overlooked her (because what does a Jewish woman have to do with a Physics breakthroughs, right?)…

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June Almeida: The Scottish Woman Who Dropped Out of School and Discovered Coronavirus

June Almeida was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1930, and died in 2007 – long before COVID-19, took our lives by storm. She dropped out of school at the age of 16 and never formally attended university. Yet she was still a groundbreaking virologist. In fact, she was the first person who succeeded in photographing the virus that causes rubella and was the first person to identify a new class of virus: the coronavirus.  June Almeida:…

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Mary Anning: The 12-Year-Old That Discovered the First Dinosaur

Mary Anning: Who Was She?  Everyone who has ever watched Friends knows what Ross’s job is (Paleontology), but have you ever wondered where this fascinating subject emerged? One of the researchers who paved the way for fossil research was Mary Anning. Even as a child, she would walk along the river and find fossils from the Jurassic era. The fossils that she collected contributed to a fundamental change in scientific thinking about ancient life and…

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Helen Taussig: The Doctor That Saved Million Of Babies Hearts’

Honored for her contributions to the field of cardiology, Helen B. Taussig was a highly respected medical researcher and practitioner. A leading authority on congenital heart defects, she helped develop the field of pediatric cardiology and pioneered surgical treatments that have saved countless lives. Helen Brooke Taussig: Childhood & Early Life Born in 1898 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Taussig was the daughter of two accomplished Jewish academics. She had three siblings: William, Mary and Catherine. Her…

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Hedy Lamarr: She Was The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, and the inventor of the Bluetooth

“My beauty was my curse, so-to-speak. It created an impenetrable shield between people and who I really was, and made people view me in only one light.” So said Hedy Lamarr, one of the most amazing women of the 20th century and the stars of Hollywood during it’s Golden Age.  Lamarr was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” many times, and starred in blockbusters between the 30s and 50s in Europe and in…

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