Women in History
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Albert Einstein called her the most “significant” and “creative” female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex. She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation. Some consider Noether’s theorem, as it is now called, as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity; it undergirds much of today’s vanguard research in physics, including the hunt for the almighty . Yet Noether herself remains utterly unknown, not only to the general public, but to many members of the scientific community as well.
This film uses the story of Miss Sarah Adlum, who started work at Western Electric in 1873, to talk about women working at Western Electric in 1969.
When World War II came to America, baseball was one of the early victims. Many Major League players were in their early 20s and, therefore, subject to the draft. Ted Williams, for example, missed three seasons — 1943 to 1945 — due to military service.
Philippa Fawcett. When she placed first in the Cambridge mathematical tripos in 1890, she forced a reassessment of nineteenth-century belief in the inferiority of the "weaker sex." To be a woman in the Victorian age was to be weak: the connection was that definite.
In 1969, Sue V. Rosser, then in her early twenties, entered the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s graduate zoology program.
by Susana Polo | 11:43 am, December 31st, 2012
Women in Science go back a long way.
Decades before Kinsey, Stanford professor Clelia Mosher polled Victorian-era women on their bedroom behavior—then kept the startling results under wraps. In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family.
In the absence of doctors’ records, it can never be known how many babies died in the U.S. because of thalidomide’s “clinical trials”; Dr. Lenz estimated that in forty percent of cases where there was fetal exposure, the infant died in its first year. Eleven women (or perhaps more) gave birth to thalidomide babies in the U.S., but there may have been many more whose parents never discovered that their children’s malformations were caused by Kevadon. It is unbearable to speculate upon how many more might have been born but for the singular obduracy of Frances Kelsey. All quotes are from Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine , by Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner. Frances Oldham Kelsey
Cecilia Payne was born in Wendover, England in 1900.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace , was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage 's early mechanical general-purpose computer , the Analytical Engine . Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often considered the world's first computer programmer . [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] She was born 10 December 1815 as the only legitimate child to the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron – all of his other children were born out of wedlock. [ 4 ] Byron separated from his wife a month after Ada was born and left England forever four months later, eventually dying of disease in the Greek War of Independence when Ada was only eight years old.
Submissions are currently open for Wednesday Geek Woman posts. Born in 1917, Annette Laming-Emperaire was a graduate student at the Sorbonne when she began to study Paleolithic cave paintings (like this one from Lascaux.) Although during her life her brilliance was always apparent, her great originality seems to have burst into being like a fire. La signification Â turned out to be that most rare beast, a graduate thesis that changed an entire discipline.
Loïs Mailou Jones knew from an early age that she was blessed with artistic talent, but it was a long and challenging path before she received recognition for her work. She was fond of saying, "At ninety, I arrived."
From the field and slave cabin to the Confederate White House, black women took an active role in assisting the Union military in winning the Civil War.
This is a guest post by Jennifer. Jennifer is a feminist and actuary who is travelling the world with her family and profiling notable women of history on her blog . This entry is cross-posted from Jennifer’s blog. Submissions are currently open for Wednesday Geek Woman posts.