Women in STEM Advent calendar: All our fabulous women in one slideshow

We have finally reached the end of our Advent calendar, having featured some amazing women in STEM from around the globe and across history. Just in case you missed any, we’ve put together this handy little animation, featuring all 24 women. And if you want to go back to the beginning and read through each post – each with links to further reading! – then start with Tapputi, the first known chemist. We hope that you enjoy learning about these women’s work and achievements as much as we enjoyed putting these slides together.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 24 – Dr Sameera Moussa

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

Dr Sameera Moussa

Dr Sameera Moussa

First female Egyptian nuclear physicist
3 Mar 1917 – 5 Aug 1952
Egypt

Sameera Moussa was Cairo University’s first assistant professor in the Faculty of Sciences, and the first woman to hold a university post. She founded the Atomic Energy for Peace conference which aimed to make nuclear medical treatment more accessible and reduce nuclear hazards. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and was the first non-American given access to US atomic facilities.

For more info on Dr Sameera Moussa:

Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 23 – Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier

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

Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier

Chemist
20 Jan 1758 – 10 Feb 1836
France

Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier worked closely with her husband, Antoine, to identify 33 elements, explain combustion, and debunk ‘phlogiston’. She made detailed drawings of lab equipment, kept strict records of experimental procedures, and translated important papers into French. She was instrumental to the publication of the pivotal Elementary Treatise on Chemistry, which unified the field.

For more on Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier:

Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 12 – Dr Nadezhda Suslova

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

Advent 12 - Dr Nadezhda Suslova

Dr Nadezhda Suslova

Russia’s first female physician
1 Sep 1843 – 20 Apr 1918
Russia

Nadezhda Suslova was one of only three women allowed to study at the Imperial Military Medical Academy, St Petersburg. When they banned women, she finished her PhD at the University of Zurich, becoming their first female doctor. Returning to Russia, she passed her professional exam, practiced gynaecology and paediatrics, and studied the public health risks of slums.

Her full name is Nadezhda Prokofyevna Suslova, or in Russian, Надежда Прокофьевна Суслова.

For more on Dr Nadezhda Suslova:

 

Day 11 – Professor Fahire Battalgazi Day 13 – Rupa Bai Furdoonji

 

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!

Tapputi

Tapputi

First known chemist
1,200 BCE
Iraq

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.

For more about Tapputi, take a look at:

 

Day 2 – Victoria Drummond