The Science History Institute joins museums, archives, and cultural institutions across the country in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
The anniversary of this historic achievement, which struck down laws restricting voting rights on the basis of gender, provides an ideal opportunity for the Institute to celebrate all things women and science. Through our collections, programs and events, Distillations content, and other initiatives, we’ll engage in a global conversation about the importance of women in science. Join the celebration by following #WomenInScience on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
In March 2020, we celebrated Women’s History Month with our March Madness-style Women of Science bracket. Thanks to our Twitter and Facebook followers for voting for your favorite female scientists in our thrice-weekly polls.
And the winner of our #SciHistoryBracket is . . . Wang Zhenyi, an astronomer who lived in 18th-century China. Although she only lived until the age of 27, Zhenyi published 12 books in her short life. Along with writing about her own observations of the stars and eclipses, she rewrote scholarly mathematical and scientific treatises so that all audiences could understand them. Zhenyi was an advocate for women’s education stating that men and women “are all people who have the same reason for studying.”
Our digital collections include images of female scientists, lab technicians, and other scientific workers, as well as an array of materials related to women’s health. And some really cool stamps.
A pioneer in nanotechnology, Hammond is the head of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, cofounder of MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
A pioneer of the technique of nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR, Cohn transformed the study of enzymes by aiming high-tech instruments at them.
Born in Taiwan, Chang made the long trip to the United States to study at Brown University and then Harvard. She became one of the world’s most successful biotechnology entrepreneurs.
In the mid-1980s Solomon led expeditions to Antarctica to gather evidence that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer.
Conversations on Chemistry, written in 1806 by Marcet, was intended for girls, but it also introduced chemistry to boys like Michael Faraday, whose formal education was very limited.
Dame Carol Robinson, the Dr. Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at Oxford, will receive the Institute’s preeminent award in May 2021.
Distillations talks to biochemist Jennifer Doudna about the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, the tool’s promise, and dangers of its misuse.
This TV show and companion film series celebrates eight extraordinary women in science.
For centuries women have been looking at the stars despite earthly obstacles.
In the 1920s a pioneering journalist summoned the might of American women to revive a Nobelist’s career.
Distillations talks to the 2019 Othmer Gold Medal winner about her work using nanotechnology to detect and treat disease.