Monthly Archives: May 2013

Maria Goeppert-Mayer

Thank you to Jill S. Tietjen, President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. and regular contributor to Grandma got STEM for this remembrance of Maria Goeppert-Mayer. The San Diego, California newspaper headline announcing Maria Goeppert-Mayer as the first American woman to receive the … Continue reading

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Kathy Hays

Thanks to Kelly Herbon, who contributed this post about STEM-ma Kathy Hays. My mother, Kathy Hays, is a 64 year-old grandmother of 3 children under 4.  She was a middle school and high school language arts teacher for 29+ years who used … Continue reading

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Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

This picture of Dorothy Hodgkin is from the Nobel Prize website, which states that she won the prize “for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances”. The following biography is quoted from a Public Broadcasting Service (WGBH) site A … Continue reading

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Rosalind Elsie Franklin

Thanks to the blogger at Synthetic Environment for a post about impressive female chemists, including Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958). Here’s an article from The Human Touch of Chemistry about Franklin: A woman scientist from Cambridge University published an article in the … Continue reading

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Ellen Swallow Richards

Thanks to the blogger at Synthetic Environment for a post about impressive female chemists, including Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911).  The Chemical Heritage foundation has an interesting post about Richards, which includes this information: Born Ellen Henrietta Swallow, she was the daughter … Continue reading

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Sylvia Block Goodman

Thanks to Nina Karp, who submitted this post about her grandmother, Sylvia Block Goodman, b 1917. The picture is marked “BI [Beth Israel] Hospital, Spring 1938, Bacteriology Lab”. It was taken during a 15-month training program for laboratory technicians. After … Continue reading

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Mary Horner Lyell

Thanks to Emily Lakdawalla, who suggested Mary Horner Lyell (1808-1873). Emily found this article from on Dana Hunter’s Scientific American Blog which included the portrait above of Lady Lyell, after a crayon drawing by George Richmond, R.A. Image from the Life, Letters and … Continue reading

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