Puryear Hearn (b. 1940) is a biophysicist whose
career focuses on health policy. She has worked on various development
programmes to improve the health of at-risk children.
She has a degree in biochemistry and a PhD
in biophysics, the latter from Yale University. She served as the Senior Vice
President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest healthcare
philanthropy in the US, for almost 20 years. She focused on maternal and child
health, as well as AIDS and substance abuse.
Janet Thornton (b. 1949) is one of
the world leading researchers in structural bioinformatics. She is a senior
scientist with the European Bioinformatics Institute, and has been its director
from 2001 to 2015.
She obtained a PhD in
Biophysics from the National Institute for Medical Research in London, and
worked with molecular biophysics at the University of Oxford. She was a pioneer
in structure validation for protein crystallography, and developed the ProCheck
software, widely used today in determining protein structure.