Ada Lovelace

1815-1852, England
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– A countess, Lovelace wrote the world’s first computer program for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Machine.
– Was also interested in how individuals and society could use technology collaboratively.

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Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended […] read more

Ursula Franklin

1921-2016, Germany/Canada
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– A pioneer in archaeometry, which uses modern material sceince in archaeology.
– Her research on the strontium 90 levels in teeth led to the end of ending of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing.
– A fierce advocate of pacifism and feminism, writing extensively on these subjects.

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Ursula Martius Franklin, CC OOnt FRSC (16 September 1921 – 22 July 2016), was a German-Canadian metallurgist, research physicist, author, and educator who taught at the University of Toronto for more than 40 years.[1] She was the author of The Real World of Technology, which is based on her 1989 Massey Lectures; The Ursula Franklin […] read more

Barbara McClintock

1902-1992, USA
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– Won the Nobel Prize in 1983 for the discovery of mobile genetic elements.

– It took 20 years for her major discovery to be accepted.

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Barbara McClintock (June 16, 1902 – September 2, 1992) was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of her […] read more