• First female to earn her PhD in electrical engineering at Queen’s University.
• Spent nearly 40 years leading Industry Canada in wireless communications.
• Discovered the first radio pulsar signals coming from a neutron star, credited as one of the most significant 20th century scientific achievements.
• Advocates for women in the fields of physics and astronomy.
• Searched for extraterrestrial intelligence as Director for the SETI Institute.
• Worked on NASA’s High Resolution Microwave Survey.
• Discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
• Findings were a first step towards preventative measures and antiretroviral treatment.
• Defines herself as a scientist-activist.
• Imagined helping developing countries with energy needs.
• At the age of 15, she Invented the revolutionary Hollow Flashlight, powered by the heat from one’s hand.
• Introduced cytogenetics, the study of chromosomes and heredity, to Canada.
• Alerted medical science to a possible connection between radiation and chromosomal abnormalities.