Posted by: hellonhairylegs | October 16, 2008

WWW (Quick Hit): Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin

Marie Curie was a brilliant scientist. She won a Nobel Prize in physics and another in chemistry.

Rosalind Franklin discovered the double strand helix shape of DNA and had those results used without her knowledge by Watson and Crick.

Both of these women faced discrimination and they still managed to contribute so much to science. One can only imagine where humanity would be by now if women were treated equally in education.



  1. I just today checked out a book from my Uni. library for a research project and you might be interested in it. Title is Who’s Afraid of Marie Curie?: The Challenges Facing Women in Science and Technology by Linley Erin Hall. I haven’t started it yet but it looks like a winner.

    Now I’m off to check out your links….

  2. Reminds me of the idea that when women are oppressed, then humanity is like a bird with a broken wing. Of course it’s the “broken wing” that suffers, but everyone is kept from “flying”.

  3. And how could you forget Ruby Payne-Scott, the Australian astrophysicist who invented the radio telescope and was fired because she married?

    Link here.

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