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Annie Easley

1933-2011, USA
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5 POINTS

– Was a rocket scientist at NASA (Centaur rocket stage).
– Developed important computer code, that is used in alternative energy, solar, and wind projects.
– Was one of the first African-Americans in her field.

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Annie J. Easley (April 23, 1933 – June 25, 2011) was an African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist.[1] She worked for the Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). She was a leading member of the […] read more

Maud Menten

1879-1960, Canada
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3 POINTS

– Helped develop the Michaelis-Menten equation in biochemistry.
– Earned a medical degree (one of the first women in Canada) as well as a PhD.
– Had to move to Germany, as at the time, women were not allowed to do research in Canada.

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Maud Leonora Menten (March 20, 1879 – July 26, 1960) was a Canadian physician-scientist who made significant contributions to enzyme kinetics and histochemistry. Her name is associated with the famous Michaelis–Menten equation in biochemistry. Maud Menten was born in Port Lambton, Ontario and studied medicine at the University of Toronto (B.A. 1904, M.B. 1907, M.D. […] read more

Caroline Herschel

1750-1848, Germany
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3 POINTS

– She discovered 8 comets.
– First woman to be paid by a government for scientific contributions.
– An asteroid, a comet, and a moon crater all bear her name.

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Caroline Lucretia Herschel (16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German astronomer, whose most significant contributions to astronomy were the discoveries of several comets, including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet, which bears her name.[1] She was the sister of astronomer William Herschel, with whom she worked throughout her career. She was the first woman […] read more

Rosalind Franklin

1920-1958, England
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4 POINTS

– Made key contributions (which were not acknowledged at the time) to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
– After her death, 2 Nobel prizes were awarded to her collaborators.

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Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958[1]) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite.[2] Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of […] read more

Sophia Kowalevski

1850-1891, Russia
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4 POINTS

– Did 3 times as much work to become the first European woman to earn a mathematics PhD.
– Taught herself math from textbooks.
– Made important original contributions to differential equations and mechanics.

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Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya (Russian: Со́фья Васи́льевна Ковале́вская), born Sofia Vasilyevna Korvin-Krukovskaya (1850–1891), was a Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics. She was the first major Russian female mathematician and a pioneer for women in mathematics around the world. She was the first woman appointed to a full professorship […] read more

Hedy Lamarr

1914-2000, Austria/USA
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2 POINTS

– Co-invented spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology, which are now used in WiFi, GPS, and more.
– Was a glamorous Hollywood film star; having starred in 30 films.

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Hedy Lamarr (/ˈhɛdi/; born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000)[a] was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor.[1] After an early and brief film career in Czechoslovakia that included the controversial film Ecstasy (1933 – in which Lamarr is very briefly seen swimming in the nude and running naked), she […] read more