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Top 10 Women Engineers and Scientists

Posted October 18, 2013 12:00 AM by CR4 Guest Author

Many women have made great contributions to science and engineering. Check out the list of the 10 below and read their biographies. Then, let us know: who deserves top honors?

  1. Grace Marie Hopper
  2. Marie Curie
  3. Maria Telkes
  4. Virginia Apgar
  5. Dr. Sylvia Earle
  6. Pamela Low
  7. Sophie Germain
  8. Rosalind Elsie Franklin
  9. Harriet Quimby
  10. Ellen Swallow Richards
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10/18/2013 4:15 AM

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(In the overlap of science and engineering, I leaned toward the engineering side; all are admirable.)

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10/19/2013 10:52 AM

They left out Heddy Lamar (yes, the beautiful movie star). She was key in inventing spread spectrum technology during WWII, which lead to RADAR.

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10/19/2013 11:47 AM

Hedy Lamarr.

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10/19/2013 8:25 PM

Marie Curie, hands down. She hit the trifecta for my criteria of Hall of Fame Scientists:

1. won the Nobel Prize (also the mother of a Nobel Laureate, for good measure)

2. has a chemical element named for her

3. has a unit of measurement named for her

Also: a movie was made about her life.

The clincher: she gave her life for her research, dying of radiation poisoning.

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11/19/2013 4:10 PM

Nearly all Americans. Do I detect a little bias here?

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11/19/2013 6:59 PM

Heddy Lammar was a Swiss miss (real name was Kiesler).

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11/20/2013 4:25 AM

Yes, and she is NOT on the list!

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