Category Archives: Scientists

The Tragic Life of Clara Immerwahr

Clara Immerwahr was brilliant . . . with bad taste in men. But Clara’s bad choice translated into a very tragic story. Clara was the youngest of four children in a comfortable, cultured family. They spent most of the year … Continue reading

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Harriet Boyd Hawes – Archaeologist

“Riding on mule-back in attire like that shown in her photograph, accompanied by the faithful Aristides (a native of northwestern Greece) with his mother as chaperon, she was apparently perfectly unconscious – in the best American tradition – of doing … Continue reading

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Barbara McClintock – Nobel Prize Delayed

By the 1920s in the United States, many women were going to college. In fact the percentage of women attending universities would decline and not rise to the same level again until the late 1970s. Thirty to forty percent of … Continue reading

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Caroline Herschel – 18th Century Astronomer

As a girl, Caroline Herschel’s expectations were limited, but she had a quick mind and the ability to learn. Although most of what Caroline learned would be to benefit and help her brother, she went on to become a brilliant … Continue reading

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Gertrude Belle Elion – Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine

“Acyclovir turned out to be different from any other compound Elion had ever seen. It is so similar to a compound needed by the herpes virus for reproduction that the virus is fooled. The virus enters normal cells and starts … Continue reading

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