Category Archives: Physics

Iris Runge

Iris Runge: A Pioneer in applied mathematics and electronics By Else Hoyrup, Danish mathematician and historian of science elsehoyrup@mail.dk This image of Runge appears on the Humboldt University Site. Iris Runge (1888-1966) was a German applied mathematician, physicist, and inventor. … Continue reading

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Patricia Schmit

Photo provided by Tom Schmit for this newspaper article.  Caption:  Patricia Weber Schmit, Sophia Schmit’s grandmother, working at an electron microscope in 1948. Thanks to Bill Messer who sent this story. Bill says:  this was emailed to me by a … Continue reading

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Henrietta Leavitt

Thank you to Pangratios Papacosta, Professor of Physics at Columbia College Chicago, who suggested two women in Astronomy he says contributed much to science, despite gender discrimination. Papacosta brings our attention to Henrietta Leavitt, whose 1908 discovery of using Cepheid … Continue reading

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Dorrit Hoffleit

Thank you to Pangratios Papacosta, Professor of Physics at Columbia College Chicago, who suggested two women in Astronomy he says contributed much to science, despite gender discrimination. Papacosta say he was very fortunate to have met one of them who … Continue reading

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Katherine Johnson

Thanks to Andrew Ross, who wrote to say:  “I just came across this notice from Upworthy via Facebook:” Happy birthday, Katherine Johnson! You may know her as the incredible NASA scientist and physicist who guided the trajectory of Project Mercury … Continue reading

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Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) By Else Hoyrup Introduction This is a non-technical introduction to Emmy Noether, a German mathematician and physicist; one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of the 20th Century. I first heard her name while an undergraduate studying … Continue reading

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Reva K. Williams

While many women of color have made significant contributions to STEM fields for generations, some firsts are rather recent and worth acknowledging.  This means that the women who pave the way and lead by example, are grandmothers in a broad … Continue reading

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