Category: women in academia

Amanda Vickery (b. 1962) is an English histori…

Amanda Vickery (b. 1962) is an English
historian and professor. She teaches early modern history at Queen Mary,
University of London.

She holds a PhD in modern history from the
University of London and has won several prizes for her work, including the
Whitfield Prize or the Wolfson History Prize. She is also well known for hosting
a series of BBC history programmes, such as Story
of Women and Art
, which was shortlisted for a Scottish Bafta.

Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907) was a pion…

Elizabeth
Cabot Agassiz
(1822-1907)
was a pioneer of female education and academic endeavours. Among other
accomplishments, she was the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe
College.

In 1869 she became one of the first female
members of the American Philosophical Society. From 1879 onwards, the so-called
“Harvard Annex” for female education grew under her care to become Radcliffe College
and offer women the same academic possibilities as men.

Caroline Hussey (1941-2017) was a microbiologi…

Caroline
Hussey
(1941-2017)
was a microbiologist and academic from Ireland. She was the first female Deputy
President and Registrar of University College Dublin.

She studied at University College and Trinity
College Dublin, earning a PhD in Microbiology. She became the chairwoman of the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 1996, making her one of the
most influential persons in Irish education.

Anna Jónasdóttir (b. 1942) is an Icelandic aca…

Anna
Jónasdóttir
(b.
1942) is an Icelandic academic and political scientist. She is a leading figure
in the research into the concept of love on an international level.

She is the co-director
of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender
Studies, as well as Professor Emerita at the Center for Feminist Social Studies
at Orebro University. She has written several books on the politics of gender,
such as Why Women Are Oppressed or Love:
A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-first Century.

Florence Sabin (1871-1953) was a pioneering me…

Florence Sabin (1871-1953)
was a pioneering medical scientist. She was the first woman elected to the
National Academy of Sciences, the first to hold a full professorship at Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, and the first to head a department at the
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.

She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins and
started teaching in 1902, becoming the first female full professor by 1917. She
became the first female president of the American Association of Anatomists in
1921. Her advocacy for health reform led to the creation of the “Sabin
Health Laws” which modernised public hospitals in Colorado.

Nancy Rothwell (b. 1955) is the President and …

Nancy
Rothwell
(b. 1955) is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Manchester, and has been since 2010. She holds several other positions,
including Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

She has a Doctor of Science degree from King’s College London, and a
Royal Society Research Fellowship. She has also served as the President of the
Royal Society of Biology, and the director of a pharmaceutical company.

Claudia Card (1940-2015) was a Professor of Ph…

Claudia
Card
(1940-2015) was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. She taught Environmental, Jewish, LGBT and Women’s Studies.

She obtained her MA and PhD from Harvard University, after which she
taught at several prestigious institutions around the US and Europe. In 1996
she was elected Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Society for Women in
Philosophy.

Joan W. Bennett (b. 1942) is a fungal genetici…

Joan W. Bennett
(b. 1942) is a fungal geneticist. She has been the President of the
American Society for Microbiology, as well as a professor at Tulane University
for 35 years.

She was the first tenure track woman in the Biology department of Tulane
University. She was a co-founder of the first women’s centre at Newcomb College,
and started teaching a course on the biology of women from 1975.

Mary Midgley (b. 1919) is a moral philosopher …

Mary Midgley
(b. 1919) is a moral philosopher from the United Kingdom. Her work concerns
mostly ethics, science and animal rights.

She graduated from Oxford in 1942, and went on to teach at Reading and
Newcastle University. She has published over 15 books on various philosophical
topics, such as Beast and Man: The Roots
of Human Nature
and The Ethical Primate:
Humans, Freedom and Morality.

Sheila Widnall (b. 1938) was the US Secretary …

Sheila Widnall (b. 1938) was the US
Secretary of the Air Force between 1993 and 1997. This made her the first woman
to hold this position, and the first to lead an entire branch of the military
in the Department of Defense.

She graduated from MIT and later became
a Professor of Aeoronautics and Astronautics at the same institution. She
became President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in
1988.