Category: women in science

Gloria Galeano Garcés (1958-2016) was a Colomb…

Gloria
Galeano Garcés
(1958-2016) was a Colombian
agronomist and botanist, specialising in palm trees. She served as the
President of the Institute of Natural Sciences for three years.

She published more than 17 books and 68
scientific papers on the ecology of Colombian plants, and won the Fundación Alejandro Angel Escobar science
prize for her Field Guide to American Palms.
She discovered numerous new plants and wrote the taxonomic description of
58 species – a species of palm, Geonoma
galeanoae
, bears her name.

Kim Weaver (b. 1964) is an astrophysics profes…

Kim
Weaver
(b. 1964) is an astrophysics professor and astronomer.
She is an expert in x-ray astronomy and has worked for NASA’s Goddard Space
Flight Center.

She obtained her PhD in astronomy in 1993
from the University of Maryland. After that, she was a research scientist at
Penn State and John Hopkins University. Her honours include the Presidential
Early Career Award and the NASA Peer Award.

Janet Rowley (1925-2013) was a human geneticis…

Janet
Rowley
(1925-2013) was a human geneticist. She was
the first to identify a chromosomal translocation as the cause of various
cancers, including leukemia.

She obtained her PhD in medicine from the
University of Chicago in 1948. She then worked in the university’s Department
of Hematology, where she made her lifesaving discoveries. Her research was rewarded
with the Lasker Award, the National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal
of Freedom, among others.

Ines Mandl (1917-2016) was an Austrian-America…

Ines
Mandl
(1917-2016) was an Austrian-American
biochemist. She worked and taught at Columbia University for her entire career,
over almost four decades.

She studied the enzyme collagenase,
respiratory distress in newborns, and pulmonary emphysema. She founded the
academic journal Connective Tissue
Research
in 1972, and served as its editor for 14 years. Her research was
recognized with numerous awards, such as the 1983 Garvan-Ollin Medal and the Austrian
Cross of Honour for Science and Art.

Miriam Rodón Naveira (b. 1963) is an environme…

Miriam
Rodón Naveira
(b. 1963) is an environmental
scientist from Puerto Rico. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve as branch
chief for the National Exposure Research Laboratory, as well as deputy director
of its Environmental Sciences Division.

She has worked for NASA since 2000, becoming an
Earth Science Remote Sensing Scientist at the Dryden Flight Research Center.
She is currently the Senior Safety Technical Manager for the Office of Safety
and Mission Assurance at the DFRC.

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson (b. 1963) is an aeros…

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson (b. 1963) is an aerospace engineer working for
the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She was the first African-American woman
to obtain a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, as well as a
PhD in Engineering from NASA GSFC.

She was an undergraduate in aeronautical engineering
at MIT, where she worked in the Applied Physics Laboratory. Her work at NASA helps
to manage spacecraft orientation during missions.

Sheila Sherlock (1918-2001) was a British phys…

Sheila
Sherlock
(1918-2001)
was a British physician. She is considered the major contributor to the field
of hepatology (the study of the liver) in the 20th century.

After being rejected
from several English universities on account of her sex, she eventually began studying
medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1936. She became the first female
Professor of Medicine in the United Kingdom in 1959, working at the Royal Free
Hospital School in London. She served as the President of the British Society
of Gastroenterology and founded the British Liver Trust.

Ruth Gates (1962-2018) was a biologist whose r…

Ruth Gates (1962-2018) was a biologist whose research was
dedicated to reef coral systems. She was the Director of the Hawai’i Institute
of Marine Biology.

She studied
at Newcastle University, after which she was a postdoctoral researcher at the
University of California, Los Angeles. She studied coral reefs and their
ability to acclimatize under different conditions brought about by climate
change. She was the first female president of the International Society for Reef
Studies.

Katsuko Saruhashi (1920-2007) was a Japanese b…

Katsuko
Saruhashi
(1920-2007) was a Japanese biochemist. Her
research focused on the dangers of radioactive fallout and peaceful uses of
nuclear power.

She was the first woman to obtain a PhD in chemistry
from the University of Tokyo, as well as the first elected to the Science
Council of Japan. She was dedicated to improving the status of female scientists
in her country, and created the Saruhashi Prize, awarded to a woman scientist
every year since 1981.

Black female physicist pioneers technology tha…

Black female physicist pioneers technology that kills cancer cells with lasers:

This is from 2016 and clearly old news but I didn’t know about this so I thought why not share? It’s nice to see good news from time to time!