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    Chemist Xiaoping Wang measures the stability of a platinum cathode electrocatalyst.

    Lise Meitner. Along with Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner (1878-1968) discovered that uranium atoms were split when bombarded with neutrons. The discovery eventually led to the atomic bomb. The Granger Collection, New York. Photos from: "Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know" »

    Chien-shiung Wu (1912-1997) Columbia University Physics -Women scientists

    Wednesday Geek Woman: Margaret Dayhoff, quantum chemist and bioinfomaticist

    From the Smithsonian Institute's Women in Science photos Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1888-1975) and Rachel Brown (1898-1980)

    Molecular Biologist Carol Greider studied biology at Santa Barbara’s College for Creative Studies, University of California. She completed a PhD at UC Berkeley supervised by Elizabeth Blackburn. Together they discovered telomerase, a key enzyme that protects against progressive shortening of telomeres – the ends of chromosomes – which can lead to anaemia and some cancers. She was awarded the Nobel prize in 2009 with Jack W Szostak. She showed that telomerase is not indispensable to life in mice;

    This is Margaret Hamilton, NASA lead software engineer, and this is the Apollo guidance program she wrote.

    Eugenie Clark also referred to as "The Shark Lady". She is an American ichthyologist known for her research on poisonous fish of the tropical seas and on the behavior of sharks. She is a pioneer in the field of scuba-diving for research purposes.

    Louise Pearce, M.D., a physician and pathologist, was one of the foremost women scientists of the early 20th century. Her research with pathologist Wade Hampton Brown led to a cure for trypanosomiasis (African Sleeping sickness) in 1919

    Mary Alice McWhinnie, a professor of biology at DePaul University and an authority on krill, was the first American women to be the chief scientist at an Antarctic research station.

    Stephanie Kwolek is the American chemist who invented Kevlar. While working for DuPont, she researched a lightweight yet strong fiber to be used in tires. Instead, she created a fiber that was stronger than nylon and ounce for ounce five times stronger than steel. A new field of polymer chemistry quickly arose.