Keiko Fukuda was the most decorated female judoka in the history of judo. She was the first woman to earn the 9th dan - when she was 93. Only 4'10" and less than 100 pounds she ran her own judo studio for nearly forty years. She passed away at 99 years old on February 9, 2013.
Gertrude Belle Elion 1918 - 1999 MEDICAL RESEARCHER Thousands of people have been given a second chance because of her: This Nobel Prize-winning research scientist codeveloped two drugs that fought leukemia and, in 1957, developed the first immunosuppressant agent, a development that made it possible to transplant organs.
May 20, 1873, Levi's patent for blue jeans. Bavarian-born Levi Strauss headed to San Francisco in 1850. Lured by the Gold Rush, he hoped to strike it rich. He did — in denim, not gold. The savvy businessman began adding rivets to sturdy canvas for the 49ers to wear as work pants. He switched to a French material, genes, which Strauss dubbed jeans. The rest is history. (AP Photo)
Lina Cavalieri (1874 - 1944) was an Italian opera singer known as the "world's most beautiful woman." Orphaned at the age of 15, she went to Paris where she took voice lessons, and made her opera debut in 1900. She married four times. After retiring from opera, Cavalieri ran a cosmetic salon in Paris, published a book, made motion pictures, and worked as a WWII volunteer nurse. She and her forth husband were killed during an Allied bombing raid in 1944.
Amelia Earhart. In 1932 Earhart—with her leather jacket, scarf and close-cropped hair—became the first female aviator to fly a solo transatlantic flight, redefining expectations of women along the way. Though the 39-year-old disappeared in 1937 during a flight around the world, she still serves as a reminder of female fearlessness. - Amy Spencer, Glamour Magazine 2009
Rita Levi Montalcini (1909-), italian scientist. Her work as a neurologist led her to discover the nerve growth factor (NGF) and, for it, to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986. She once said: "I lost my sight a little, and almost all my hearing. At conferences I don't see the slides and I don't hear very well. My body can do whatever it wants. I'm not the body: I'm the mind". #healthcareIT #EHR #Meaningfuluse