Weekend links: awesome women

Sorry for the quiet week, all -- we're low on submissions (send me some!) and I'm at Wiscon, the feminist science fiction convention. In honor and in hope of equality, here are some women who did and some who still do excellent science.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu brought variolation, a precursor to smallpox vaccination, to Europe from her travels in the Ottoman Empire. (I also appreciate her for not having been terribly impressed by Alexander Pope.)

Jaisri Lingappa right here at UW has done great work on virus capsid assembly, specifically in HIV.

Sylvia Earle, ocean explorer, took ALVIN all the way down and dived solo to one kilometer deep.

Rita Levi Montalcini did not let the Nazis stop her from discovering nerve growth factor (NGF).

And, as we should all know by now, Marie Curie was ridiculously amazing.

Want more?
72 Women in Science at Double X Science
Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know at the Smithsonian
Women in Science Gallery at the Mary Sue


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