Women are intelligent and amazing, but they often go unnoticed throughout history. So, I’ve gathered a short list of some incredible women that you’ve probably never heard of.
1) Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind was a chemist who lived between 1920 and 1958. She was known for her role in discovering the DNA structure. She was studying at the King’s College in London when she used X-ray diffraction techniques on DNA structures. She discovered that she could take pictures of the DNA and realized there were two forms of it: an A and a B. Later, the diffraction pictures of B became famous since it was used as critical evidence to identify the DNA structure.
However, her data was then shared without her knowledge to James Watson and Francis Crick, who eventually got credit for discovering the DNA structure. They did give some passing remarks about Franklin’s contributions in their published research findings, but they even went on to win the Nobel Prize.
Since she had strained relations at King’s College, she wanted to leave and make her own research group at Birkbeck College. However, she was only let go on the condition that she would not work on DNA.
Also, during my research, I kept finding only one photograph of her being reused over and over.
2) Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace wrote the instructions for the first computer program back in the mid-1800s. With how many computer concepts she introduced, she is considered one of the first computer programmers.
At a young age, she was educated by private instructors and even went out on her own to learn more, especially when it came to math. She became interested in Charles Babbage’ machines and made detailed notes about them.
Her words had revolutionary ideas like how the machine may react from other things besides numbers. She made the idea that a machine could manipulate symbols in accordance with rules and that numbers could mean more than quantities.
3) Lise Meitner
Lise Meitner discovered nuclear fission and predicted its explosive potential. She even “refused to work on the Manhattan Project.”
After her getting doctorate, she joined a radioactivity research lab with Hahn. She was making some discoveries there about certain isotopes and more, but she had to leave the country due to the fact she was Jewish living in Nazi Germany.
She continued researching and learning more about radioactivity though, discovering nuclear fission and more. But, in 1944, the Novel Prize in Chemistry went to Hahn instead; Meitner was left out. However, she did share the Enrico Fermi Award in 1966 with Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, who they had an assistantship with.