Saturday, March 17, 2012

Science Saturday: Women Scientists Edition Part II

Since March is Women's History Month, I decided that the next SciSat posts would feature a few historical women scientists who made an impact on the scientific community in their fields.  There are many more that won't get featured here, but it is inspiring to hear the stories of these brilliant women.

Read Part I Here.

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

One of the more famous women scientists, this Polish physicist/chemist coined the term 'radioactivity' through her research with isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of polonium and radium.  She was awarded TWO Nobel prizes, one in physics and one in chemistry for her achievements.

Elizabeth Blackburn (1948-  )


Elizabeth Blackburn is a molecular biologist who's research focuses on telomeres, the structural "caps" found at the ends of chromosomes.  Specifically, she discovered telomerase, an enzyme that functions to replenish the DNA found in the telomere when it is damaged/degraded.  Currently, this research has many implications for cancer therapy.  She was awarded the 2009 Nobel prize in medicine for her research.


  1. I think it is really cool that you are showing us some famous women scientists. Thanks!

  2. Love this series, and double love that you are showing strong and intelligent women. Girls need to embrace this part of themselves. There are so many young women and girls who buy into the Paris Hilton/Shnooki idea of woman-hood. I hope this open minds and hearts!

    Lily-Thinking Thoughts