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Irene Ayako Uchida

1917-2013, CANADA
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– World class genetics and Down syndrome researcher.
– Discovered the link between X-rays and birth defects in pregnant women.
– Was interned during WWII.

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Irene Ayako Uchida, OC (April 8, 1917 – July 30, 2013) was a Canadian scientist and Down syndrome researcher. Born in Vancouver, she initially studied English literature at the University of British Columbia. As a child and teenager she played violin and piano, and was described as “out-going” and “social”. She went to visit her mother and sister who were in Japan at the time, and was […] read more

Sara Seager

CANADA
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– Developed the Seager Equation which is used to estimate the number of habitable planets in the solar system.
– Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization.

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Sara Seager (born 21 July 1971) is a Canadian-American astronomer and planetary scientist.[2] She is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is known for her work on extrasolar planets and their atmospheres. She is the author of two textbooks on these topics,[5][6] and has been recognized for her research by Popular Science,[7] Discover Magazine,[8] Nature,[9] and TIME Magazine.[10] Seager was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013 citing her theoretical work on […] read more

Tanya Harrison

CANADA
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– Planetary scientist specializing in the analysis of the surface of Mars. Part of the science team of the Mars Opportunity rover.
– Also a professional photographer, and very active in science outreach.

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Tanya Harrison is a Planetary Scientist and Director of Research at Arizona State University‘s Space Technology and Science Initiative. She is on the science team of the Mars Opportunity rover. Harrison’s research is in martian geomorphology and terrestrial analogues, spectroscopy and glaciology.[2] Harrison took a break between her Bachelors and PhD. In 2008, Harrison became Assistant Staff Scientist at Malin Space Science […] read more

Harriet Brooks

1876-1933, CANADA
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– Canada’s first woman nuclear physicist.
– Worked with Thompson, Rutherford, and Curie.
– Was forced to resign from her position as a university physics tutor once she got engaged.

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Harriet Brooks (July 2, 1876 – April 17, 1933) was the first Canadian female nuclear physicist. She is most famous for her research on nuclear transmutations and radioactivity. Ernest Rutherford, who guided her graduate work, regarded her as being next to Marie Curie in the calibre of her aptitude.[1] She was among the first persons to discover radon and to try to determine its atomic mass.[1] Harriet […] read more

Gail Anderson

CANADA
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– Created the world’s first database of flesh-eating insects.
– Her research has greatly helped in solving a variety of crimes.

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Gail S. Anderson is a forensic entomologist, academic, and Associate Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. She is an instructor at the Canadian Police College, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, as well as a member of the Canadian Identification Society and the International Association for Identification.[1] […] read more

Alice Wilson

1881 - 1964, CANADA
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– First Canadian woman geologist.
– First woman to be elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
– Wrote a famous children’s book on geology.

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Alice Evelyn Wilson, MBE, FRSC (August 26, 1881 – April 15, 1964), was Canada’s first female geologist.[1] As a trailblazer in a male-dominated profession, she faced many challenges, but her scientific studies of the rocks and fossils of the Ottawa region between 1913 and 1963 remain a respected source of knowledge.[2] Wilson’s life growing up in Cobourg, Ontario, was filled with canoeing and camping […] read more