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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lammar, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria, was considered by many as the most beautiful woman in the world, starring in countless films. Hedy grew up in Vienna and married millionaire Friz Mandl, an arms dealer and Nazi sympathizer. She shot to fame, aged just 18, with a bathing scene, [...]

Ada Lovelace

Introduction by Hollie Weatherstone I first saw Keira Daley last August performing in her award-winning nerdy/funny/fact-packed cabaret tribute to some of history’s greatest minds, from Marie Curie to Hedy Lamarr, via Ada Lovelace, and that woman who invented Liquid Paper. ‘LadyNerd’ is her [...]

Esther Lederberg

With thanks to the Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg memorial website. Esther Lederberg was an American microbiologist and a pioneer of bacterial genetics. In common with many female scientists, she hasn’t received the credit she deserved. As her colleague Stanley Falkow, who composed a eulogy on [...]

Caroline Herschel

Sir Frederick William Herschel is, quite rightly, famed as a great astronomer. In particular his observation that one celestial body was not a star, but the planet we know as Uranus, made him famous overnight. Though he acknowledged her in this discovery, the achievements of his sister Caroline are [...]

Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner I used to be in the car every Tuesday driving between Perth and Glasgow at the time that Radio 4’s Great Lives was on air. One of those programmes has stayed with me. The person who had come onto the programme to talk about her ‘great live’ was the actor Jenny [...]

Nettie Stevens

NETTIE STEVENS Everyone who studies genetics at school hears of Gregor Mendel and Watson and Crick. Nettie Stevens was an early American geneticist and deserves wider recognition for her work to describe the chromosomal basis of sex. By careful observation of insect chromosomes she discovered that, [...]
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