In celebration of Lady Ada Lovelace day, we thought you should know some of the many awesome women in the field of science!
But first, who is Ada Lovelace?
Agusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, more commonly known as Lady Ada Lovelace is an English mathematician and writer famous for her modification in Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. Her notes about the machine was said to be the first ever algorithm intended for the analytical engine. This made her the very first computer programmer in history. How badass could that be?
Aside from Lovelace, there are many other women in the field of science that are worthy of recognition. Here are some of them:
1. Barbara McClintock
Barbara McClintock is an American scientist and cytogeneticist who has developed a method for visualizing maize chromosomes and used microscopic analysis to demonstrate a plenty of fundamental genetic ideas. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983.
2. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is a German biologist who has won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1991 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995. She, along with to other colleagues, researched on the genetic control of embryonic development.
3. Jacqueline K. Barton
Jacqueline K. Barton is a professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She was the one who discovered that the DNA conduct electric current, but not as well as when its tight organization is disrupted by damage from certain chemicals or mutations. This discovery has allowed scientist to conduct further studies on mutations using chips made of strands of DNA.
4. Sandra Faber
Sandra Faber is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Sant Cruz. She was the one who found out about the variation of orbital speed of stars depending on their galaxy. Her study “showed that galaxies were made according to some kind of regular process.”
5. Elizabeth Gould
Elizabeth Gould is a professor in psychology at the Princeton University. She was able to prove that the brain was not full of a given number of cells that can never be replaced. Instead, throughout life, neurons sprout in the hippocampus, perhaps forging new memories, while others die from stress or wither from disuse.
6. Darleane C. Hoffman
Darleane C. Hoffman is a graduate school professor at the University of California in Berkeley. She who was among the researchers who confirmed the existence of Seaborgium, element 106.Hoffman, who headed the team that first discovered plutonium 244 in nature, leads the search for those elements’ mysterious properties.
7. Deborah Jin
Deborah Jin is a physicist and fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She was one of the people who first created the Bose-Einstein condensate, a super-cold new form of matter.She used magnetic traps and lasers to create a similar state with fermions. Fermion gas was teased down to less than one-third of a millionth of a degree above absolute zero, a temperature at which particles act like waves.