Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sheila Widnall

Thanks to Jill Tietjen, regular contributor to Grandma got STEM for this post. In her own words, Sheila Widnall, aeronautical engineer, faculty member at MIT, first female Secretary of the Air Force, inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame: “I … Continue reading

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Dorothea von Rodde-Schlözer

Thanks to STEM-ma Luise-Charlotte Kappe, who pointed out: Just for the record: The first female Ph.D. recipient in Germany was Dorothea Schlözer (1770-1825), who recieved her Ph.D. in Philosophy in Goettingen in 1787! Others we are familiar with received their Ph.D. … Continue reading

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Mary Engle Pennington

Thanks to Jill Tietjen, regular contributor to Grandma got STEM, co-author of the Bestseller Her Story, A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, and President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. for this post. The first woman inducted into the Poultry Historical Society’s … Continue reading

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Libbie Henrietta Hyman

Thanks to Allegra Swift, who pointed out this information from the Smithsonian Archives: Libbie Henrietta Hyman (1888-1969) graduated from the University of Chicago in 1910 and earned a Ph.D. degree from Chicago in 1915. She stayed at the university with … Continue reading

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Barbara A. Jordan Williams

Thank you to Nicole Yvonne Williams, who submitted this post about her mother. Most travelers don’t think about who is keeping them safe while they crisscross the country on America’s airways. Sure they know the pilot is flying the plane … Continue reading

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Valentina Tereshkova

Thanks to Grandma got STEM contributor Else Høyrup, who called attention to the fact that today is the 50th anniversary of the first woman in space:  Valentina Tereshkova on June 16, 1963.  She piloted the Vostock 6 spacecraft on a flight … Continue reading

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Alma Zook

Thank you to high school student Julie Innabi for this post.  Julie interviewed Professor Zook as an assignment in her Physics class. Alma Zook is a professor at Pomona College in the subjects of Astronomy and Physics.  She got interested in … Continue reading

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