Rachel Carson

In a week which has seen a jury in California award more than $2bn to a couple who said the weedkiller Roundup was responsible for their cancer, it seems appropriate to feature Rachel Carson. In truth, I can’t understand why we haven’t featured her before. Rachel Carson studied the [...]

Kay McNulty …

…. AND THE ENIAC PROGRAMMERS As part of a secret World War Two project, six young women programmed the first all-electronic programmable computer, ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer. It was designed and used to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army and [...]

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m sure that you will have seen that quotation all over the internet. You may even have it in your room on one of those motivational posters. [...]

Sally Ride

In 1983, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space, when she took her place aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Sally Ride grew up in Los Angeles and went to Stanford University, where she [...]

Elaine Thomas

I remember hearing about something called the Aquatic Ape Theory, a hypothesis that suggests that our ancestors went through an aquatic phase proposed initially by Alister Hardy and enthusiastically supported by Elaine Morgan. Since we are very close to St. Davids Day this seems like a great time [...]

Mary Somerville

Mary Fairfax Somerville was a Scottish scientist, mathematician, writer and polymath dubbed the Queen of Nineteenth Century Science. How’s that for an introduction! Mary was born in 1780 into distinguished family of Fairfaxes in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, the fifth of seven children, and [...]
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