Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: A life in Oxford science

Originally published in the ebook A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention.

by Georgina Ferry

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, who began the research that made her world-famous at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, is the only British woman ever to have won a Nobel Prize for science. Not only was she a great scientist, but she attracted widespread admiration for her devotion to the cause of world peace and for her efforts to promote science and education in the developing world. At the same time, long before it was commonplace for women to work after marriage, she supported her husband in his own demanding career and brought up three children.

Dorothy dedicated her working life to finding the structures of medically important natural chemicals such as antibiotics, vitamins, and proteins. The activity of these chemicals in the body depends on the way the tens, hundreds or even thousands of atoms in each molecule are connected in a precise three-dimension...



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Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Expanding celestial horizons

Originally published in the ebook A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention.

by Jacqui Farnham

In February 1968, a last minute paper was rushed into Volume 217 of the scientific journal Nature. The paper detailed the discovery of a completely new kind of star, a type of celestial object that had previously been utterly unknown to astronomers. It was a revelation that shook the world of astrophysics and preceded a new way of thinking about the Universe. But the momentous discovery described in the paper was not its only surprise. Up in the top left hand corner of the front page were the names of the authors, and one of them was a woman: Jocelyn Bell. Though it was not completely unknown, a woman author on a scientific paper was quite a novelty. Science, and science journals simply were not the normal habitat of women in the 1960s. Yet Bell had made an indelible impression on this world of men almost unintentionally.

Born in 1943, Jocelyn Bell was a 25 year old P...



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Why STEM? Mia Walls, software engineer at J.P. Morgan

Why did you choose a career in STEM? There are as many answers to that question as there are women in STEM, and in this campaign we’re featuring some of the answers from women within the first five years of their careers. We’d love you to take part, so take a look at our intro post, which features a Why STEM? video from Alex Radu, and our video tips and guidelines.

Here, we hear from Mia Walls, a software engineer at J.P. Morgan, who talks about why she first became interested in STEM, and why she chose to work in technology in particular. She mentions about her worries going into a computer science course, gives some tips about how to think about how to learn to program, and also talks about how flexible tech careers are.

Why STEM? is a collaboration with our sponsor J.P. Morgan.

ALD Online 2020 Women in STEM Advocates: 25. Evelyn Valdez-Ward

Evelyn Valdez-Ward

Location: USA

Evelyn is a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, and co-founder and director of Reclaiming STEM, a workshop that provides training for marginalised students. She advocates for undocumented scientists who, like herself, hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and her activism lead to her being named a 2018 UCS Science Defender. In 2020, she was chosen as one of the Grist 50 for her policy and advocacy work.

You can follow her work here:

Twitter: @wardofplants

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ALD Online 2020 Women in STEM Organisations: 25. Women in Technology and Science Ireland (WITS)

Women in Technology and Science Ireland (WITS)

Location: Ireland

Women in Technology and Science Ireland (WITS) advocates for gender equality in science and technology by holding events and influencing policy. It was founded in 1990 by Mary Mulvihill, and they hold a lecture in her name every year. They have been responsible for arranging plaques of female scientists, run a STEMMinist book club, and have published a book called Lab Coats and Lace containing biographies of Irish women scientists. Recently, they have launched a podcast for listeners to find out more about their members.

You can follow their work here:

Twitter: @WITSIreland
Instagram: @witsireland
YouTube: witsireland
LinkedIn: WITS Ireland (Women in Technology and Science)

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