By: Crystal Cockman
As March is celebrated as Women’s History Month, this is as great a time as any to reflect for a few minutes on the contributions women have made to science. From biology to astronomy, mathematics to chemistry, computer science to medicine, and beyond, women have played a significant role in increasing our understanding of the natural world.
Names such as Marie Curie, who was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity leading to the development of the x-ray, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only woman to win it twice, and Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring which inspired a generation to care about the environment and led to the banning of DDT and ultimately the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, are easily brought to mind when you think of female scientists, but there are numerous others that are much less well known. [Read more…]