Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: What is the Universe made of?

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

by Alice Sheppard

Cecilia Helena Payne was a hugely successful astronomer who discovered the composition of stars when she was 25. She is well known in astronomical circles, but few others know her name despite the significance of her discovery. She was, as fellow astronomer Dorrit Hoffleit remembered many years after her death, “the most brilliant and at the same time the person most discriminated-against at Harvard College Observatory”.

A note on names: Payne is remembered by many names. She is often referred to by her first name or, after she married, as Mrs G. These days, she would be Dr or Professor Payne-Gaposchkin, which seems more appropriate given her achievements. In this account, as we watch her age and status change, Cecilia, Payne, Payne-Gaposchkin or Mrs G will all refer to her.
A bright streak of inspiration
Cecilia Payne was born in 1900 to upper-class but close and l...

 

 

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In conversation with Caroline Walker of J.P. Morgan

In conversation with Caroline Walker from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
In this conversation, Caroline Walker talked about her career journey, what diversity and inclusion means to her, using data to support D&I initiatives and how to stop them becoming a box-ticking exercise, eliminating bias in hiring and promotion processes, advice for people just starting to implement D&I programs in their companies, and much, much more.
About Caroline
Caroline Walker is managing director and EMEA head of diversity and inclusion at J.P. Morgan. She graduated in 2001 with an MA (Hons) Psychology from Edinburgh University. She worked on a research project with the Ministry of Defence developing and rolling out a model for the early identification of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which was later adopted by other blue light services. She then joined IT consultancy Sapient in the city in 2003 as an HR professional.

In 2006, Caroline moved to J.P.Morgan.  Over the last 10 ...

 

 

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Louise Fowkes Q&A: Empowering every woman – supercharging STEM advocacy with WORK180

Q&A with Louise Fowkes, after her presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
Find out how to supercharge your personal branding and storytelling, become an advocate for STEM and empower every woman to find a workplace where they can thrive.
About Louise
Louise Fowkes is an Inclusion Strategist at WORK180 – WORK180 connects women with progressive employers by pre-screening organizations on the amount of paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working and much more. Transparency around these policies is driving incredible change; on average, once every three weeks a WORK180 Endorsed Employer improves a policy or benefit. Across Australia, UK and US, WORK180’s mission is to “ To empower every woman to choose a workplace where they can thrive.”

Twitter: @work180_UK
Facebook: Professional Women’s Network
LinkedIn: /Work_180
Instagram: @work180_UK...

 

 

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Louise Fowkes: Empowering every woman – Supercharging STEM advocacy with WORK180

Louise Fowkes's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
Find out how to supercharge your personal branding and storytelling, become an advocate for STEM and empower every woman to find a workplace where they can thrive
About Louise
Louise Fowkes is an Inclusion Strategist at WORK180 – WORK180 connects women with progressive employers by pre-screening organizations on the amount of paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working and much more. Transparency around these policies is driving incredible change; on average, once every three weeks a WORK180 Endorsed Employer improves a policy or benefit. Across Australia, UK and US, WORK180’s mission is to “ To empower every woman to choose a workplace where they can thrive.”

Twitter: @work180_UK
Facebook: Professional Women’s Network
LinkedIn: /Work_180
Instagram: @work180_UK...

 

 

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Karen Spärck Jones: Unravelling natural language

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

by Bill Thompson

The renowned computer scientist Karen Spärck Jones died in 2007, aged only seventy-one. Her husband Roger Needham, another computer scientist who she’d married in 1958, had died of cancer in 2003 shortly after his sixty-eighth birthday. I wrote her obituary for The Times, as I’d written Roger’s four years earlier. I’d written an obituary for their colleague David Wheeler in 2004, and already had Maurice Wilkes’ on file, though it wasn’t needed until 2010 as he lived to be ninety-seven.

Although writing obituaries was never a full-time occupation, as a technology journalist with a computing degree I was regularly commissioned by The Times to cover well-known figures in the computing industry or computer science, and these four clearly merited coverage in “the paper of record”. After all, Spärck Jones, Needham, Wheeler and Wilkes had been key members of the generation th...

 

 

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