Category Archives: Physics

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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Emmy Noether

Thanks to Darryl Yong, who shared this article about Emmy Noether by Lee Phillips. Please also see this updated GGSTEM article by Else Hoyrup.

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Photo from the Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 90-105 – Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Image # SIA2009-1326 Thanks to @STEMWomen, who noted on twitter that “Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that the sun is mainly composed of hydrogen,”  citing this Facebook page from … 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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Judy Franz

I am another “Grandma Got Stem.” I received my PhD in physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign back in 1965.  When I arrived, the department had 300 graduate students, and I was the only female.  Things have improved for … Continue reading

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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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Lise Meitner

Thanks to the blogger at Synthetic Environment for a post about impressive female chemists, including Lise Meitner (1878-1968). Here is a biographical sketch from the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s Women in Science Site. In 1945, the Royal Swedish Academy of … Continue reading

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