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      Clara Immerwahr - one of the first women to get her PhD. Killed herself after her husband Fritz Haber, himself a chemical genius unleashed the use of chemical weapons on the world in WWI. While I do not admire her suicide, I admire her courage and moral compass which helped her stand against chemical warfare. RIP.

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