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Famous Female Scientists List & Flashcards

Famous Female Scientists List & Flashcards
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Maria Goeppert-Mayer
(1906-1972) The German-born physicist worked on separation of uranium isotopes with the United States atom bomb project during World War II. She was the second woman awarded the Nobel Prize.
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Temple Grandin
(1947-Present) Grandin is an inventor and designer of livestock handling equipment and facilities. Her inventions and theories are used at meat plants and her theories are used across the globe.
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Katharine Burr Blodgett
(1898-1979) American-born chemist and engineer. She invented non-reflecting glass and color gauge to measure transparent layers of thickness that has both military and current day applications.
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Rosalind Franklin
(1920-1958) The British-born molecular biologist helped discover the double helix model of deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. She was never awarded or received recognition for her work in the field.
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Caresse Crosby
(1892-1970) Inventor Caresse was born Mary Phelps Jacob in New York. At age 19, due to her dislike of corsets, she created the first brassiere. She received the first bra patent on in 1914.
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Stephanie Kwolek
(1923-2014) American-born chemist who worked for DuPont on polymer research. Invented synthetic fibers that have great flexibility while maintaining strength, the most well-known being Kevlar.
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Marie Curie
(1867-1934) Polish-born physicist who, along with her husband, discovered polonium and radium. Curie is credited with coining the word radioactivity.
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Women have long contributed to the world of science and innovation, but have often been overlooked by history. This flashcard set contains information about women from the 1700's to the present and the important discoveries and innovations they made. These cards cover the invention of the bra to the discovery of nuclear fission and advances in the care and handling of livestock, all contributions made by women.

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Marie Curie
(1867-1934) Polish-born physicist who, along with her husband, discovered polonium and radium. Curie is credited with coining the word radioactivity.
Stephanie Kwolek
(1923-2014) American-born chemist who worked for DuPont on polymer research. Invented synthetic fibers that have great flexibility while maintaining strength, the most well-known being Kevlar.
Caresse Crosby
(1892-1970) Inventor Caresse was born Mary Phelps Jacob in New York. At age 19, due to her dislike of corsets, she created the first brassiere. She received the first bra patent on in 1914.
Rosalind Franklin
(1920-1958) The British-born molecular biologist helped discover the double helix model of deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. She was never awarded or received recognition for her work in the field.
Katharine Burr Blodgett
(1898-1979) American-born chemist and engineer. She invented non-reflecting glass and color gauge to measure transparent layers of thickness that has both military and current day applications.
Temple Grandin
(1947-Present) Grandin is an inventor and designer of livestock handling equipment and facilities. Her inventions and theories are used at meat plants and her theories are used across the globe.
Maria Goeppert-Mayer
(1906-1972) The German-born physicist worked on separation of uranium isotopes with the United States atom bomb project during World War II. She was the second woman awarded the Nobel Prize.
Barbra McClintock
(1902-1992) McClintock was an American born cytogeneticist. She studied how and why the color of corn (maize) kernels changed from generation to generation and crop to crop at the genetic level.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
(1909-2012) Italian born neurobiologist, with partner Stanley Cohen, discovered nerve growth factor (NGF) after working with chicken embryos. In 1986 the pair won the Nobel Prize for their work.
Irene Joliot-Curie
(1897-1956) French born physicist and daughter of physicist Marie Curie. In 1934 Irene and her husband Frederic produced the first artificially created radiation.
Caroline Herschel
(1750-1848) German born astronomer discovered 14 nebulae, over 500 previously uncharted stars and many comets between 1783 and 1797. Herschel is credited as the first woman to discover a comet.
Chien-Shiung Wu
(1912-1997) The Chinese born physicist became known as the 'First Lady of Physics' because of her work on the Manhattan Project (the American nuclear program that developed the Atomic Bomb).
Sarah E. Goode
(1850-1905) Born into slavery in America, inventor and entrepreneur Goode became the first African-American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. Patent office for the folding cabinet bed.
Mary Anning
(1799-1847) Anning was a British born paleontologist. She is credited with the first identification of ichthyosaur fossils in London, but her most important find is that of the first plesiosaur.
Lise Meitner
(1878-1968) The Austrian born physicist and chemist would come to be known as the 'Mother of the Atomic Bomb'. Her work in the field of nuclear physics lead to the discovery of nuclear fission.

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