Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 1 – Tapputi

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!



First known chemist
1,200 BCE

Babylonian parfumier and chemist Tapputi oversaw the royal court perfumery, creating fragrant substances for medicinal and religious purposes. She had a detailed knowledge of chemistry, especially solvents, as well as processes such as extraction, distillation and cold enfleurage. Her descriptions of her still and the process of distillation are the earliest in human history.

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Day 2 – Victoria Drummond

Posted in Advent 2018.