women in technology

Mary the Jewess and the Origins of Chemistry

Mary the Jewess and the Origins of Chemistry

Mary the Prophetess (ca. 1st to 3rd century AD) Mary the Jewess (also known as Maria Prophetissima or Miriam the Prophetess) is a figure who first appeared in the works of the Gnostic Christian writer Zosimos of Panopolis, whose sources for this are not clear. On the basis of Zosimos’s comments, she lived between the first and third centuries A.D. She is credited with the invention of several kinds of chemical apparatus…
Aviation Pioneer Harriet Quimby

Aviation Pioneer Harriet Quimby

Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) in the Moisant monoplane she learned to fly inImage: Library of Congress On April 16, 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She was the the first woman to gain a pilot‘s license in the United States. Although Quimby lived only to the age of thirty-seven, she had a major influence upon the role of women in aviation. Harriet Quimby was…
Aspasia of Miletus – Greek Philosopher

Aspasia of Miletus – Greek Philosopher

Marble herm in the Vatican Museums inscribed with Aspasia’s name at the base Aspasia was a female Greek philosopher of the 5th century BC. Little is known about her life, but she appears in the writings of Plato, Aristophanes, of Miletus Xenophon and other greek philosophers. It is said that Aspasia’s teaching should have influenced Socrates, the most important of all Greek philosophers. Aspasia was born in the Greek city…
Herrad of Landsberg and the Garden of Delights

Herrad of Landsberg and the Garden of Delights

Harrad of Landsberg art Herrad of Landsberg was a 12th-century Alsatian nun and abbess of Hohenburg Abbey in the Vosges mountains. She is known as the author of the pictorial encyclopedia Hortus Deliciarum (The Garden of Delights). It is assumed that Herrad of Landsberg was born around 1130. At the age of 35, she was supposed to have begun with ‘Hortus Deliciarum’ within the cloister walls in order to support…
Hildegard of Bingen – More than the ‘Sybil of the Rhine’

Hildegard of Bingen – More than the ‘Sybil of the Rhine’

St Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) Although her exact birthdate is uncertain, we want to dedicate today’s article to an extraordinary woman in science: German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath St Hildegard von Bingen. At a time when few women wrote, Hildegard, known as “Sybil of the Rhine“, produced major works of theology and visionary writings. She used the curative powers of natural objects for healing,…
A great man whose only fault was being a woman – Émilie du Châtelet

A great man whose only fault was being a woman – Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) On December 17, 1706, French mathematician, physicist, and author Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet was born. Her major achievement is considered to be her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton’s work Principia Mathematica, which still is the standard French translation of Newton’s work today. Philosopher and author Voltaire, one of her lovers, once declared in a letter to his friend King Frederick…
Hypatia – the first Woman in Mathematics

Hypatia – the first Woman in Mathematics

Hypatia of Alexandria The Neoplatonian philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt, was the first well-documented woman in mathematics. Her actual date of birth is unknown, although considered somewhen between 350 and 370 AD. She was the head of the Platonist school at Alexandria and additionally taught philosophy and astronomy. Hypatia was taught in mathematics and astronomy by her father, who was well known for his studies at the Alexandrian School. It…
Freedom within Limits – the Education Principles of Maria Montessori

Freedom within Limits – the Education Principles of Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori(1870 – 1952) On August 31, 1870, Italian physician and educator Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was born. She is probably best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in public and private schools throughout the world. Maria Montessori was pretty well educated herself and mostly supported by her mother to continue school. She…
Road Trippin’ with Alice Ramsey

Road Trippin’ with Alice Ramsey

Alice Ramsey(1886 – 1983)Image: Library of Congress On August 7, 1909, Alice Ramsey together with her companions reached San Francisco, successfully finishing the first crossing of the USA with an automobile by a woman. She arrived at San Francisco 60 days after her start in New York. The journey began on June 9, 1909 in New York City. The four women got ready for a last photo shoot and kissed…
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