women in technology

Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Marie Curie (1867-1934) On November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was born, French-Polish physicist, chemist, pioneer in research of radioactivity and double nobel laureate. Marie Curie was born in 1867 to a Polish family that counted to the social group of Intelligentsia. Her father was a teacher of mathematics and physics and her mother was a school principle. She finished high school at the age of only 15, but unfortunately she…
Lise Meitner – The Misjudged Genius

Lise Meitner – The Misjudged Genius

Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn On October 27, 1968 the scientist Lise Meitner passed away. She is known today for her passionate and extraordinary work on radioactivity and nuclear physics along with her colleague Otto Hahn, who was honored with the Nobel Prize while Meitner stayed unrecognized. Born in 1878 in Vienna, Lise Meitner’s talents were early detected, not unusual for scientists who achieved these major efforts in their later lives.…
On the Road with Bertha Benz

On the Road with Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz and the ‘Patent Motorwagen‘ Without her husband knowing about it, Bertha Benz took her two sons on the first long distance car-trip ever performed on August 5, 1888. Before Bertha and Carl Benz got married, she invested in his company to support the engine designer and engineer. The recently patented vehicle ‘Patent Motorwagen’ developed by Benz could not achieve a great financial success due to the lack of…
Mary Leakey and the Discovery of the false ‘Nutcracker Man’

Mary Leakey and the Discovery of the false ‘Nutcracker Man’

Paranthropus boisei On July 17, 1959, Mary Leakey discovered the first fossil of the Paranthropus boisei at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Becoming an anthropologist has always been the dream of Mary Leakey. When she was 10 years old, her family lived in Dordogne and she already helped at excavations and had through her family contact to the famous Howard Carter, who had discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt. After her father’s…
The First Woman in Space – Valentina Tereshkowa

The First Woman in Space – Valentina Tereshkowa

Valentina Tereshkowa together with Juri Gagarin in Berlin(© German Federal Archive) On June 16th 1963 Valentina Tereshkowa, the first woman went to space with Russian space mission Vostok 6. She was selected out of more than 400 applicants to pilot Vostok 6, becoming both the first woman and the first civilian to fly in space, as she was only honorarily inducted into the USSR’s Air Force as a condition on joining…
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