Most Influential Women in Science


Advancements in science and technology have always relied on the impact of women. There had been a lot of brilliant females in every country who made life changing contributions in various fields of science. Their contribution has given science a new direction in its advancements. Here some of the most notable women in science. Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield takes you through her run down of the most inspiring female scientists that may have influenced her to becoming one:

Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin is well-known for her discovery of the structure of the DNA. She used X-ray diffraction technique to discover that the DNA molecule was composed of looped double helix atoms. Using the X-ray diffraction technique, this British biophysicist concluded that DNA molecule comprises looped double helix of atoms. She was also the one who discovered that the DNA can be crystallized in two different forms.

Ada Lovelace
Ada is regarded as the first computer programmer. Ada started her climb to success using her research of the analytical engine. The first known algorithm was based from her observations of the analytical engine created by Charles Babbage. She was a British mathematical genius and famous for being so influential at such a young age.

Barbara McClintock
Barbara is regarded as one of the most influential scientist in the field of genetics. She might be only one step away from beating Gregor Mendel. She has largely contributed in the genetic branch called cytogenetics. She was the first ever to produce a genetic map for corn. She did extensive researches and studies on this subject but some scientists were skeptical about her discoveries. Later on, due to her hard work and dedication, her research was recognized. She won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1983.

Maria Goeppert-Mayer
Maria is a German physicist, and is one of the most important person in nuclear physics. Meyer is known for her work on the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She was the second woman, after Marie Curie, to win the coveted Nobel Prize in Physics. She won the Nobel Prize in 1963.

Dorothy Hodgkin
She was regarded as one of the most important figure in chemistry. She was a pioneer in X-ray crystallography. X-ray crystallography is a kind of imaging that utilizes X-rays to determine the three-dimensional structure of a molecule. She as the one who discovered and confirmed the structures of different biological molecules. Because of this discovery, she won the Nobel Prize in 1964.

Women have always had a great impact on medicine and science. These are the women who inspired Baroness Susan Greenfield to become a scientist. Know more about Baroness Susan Greenfield online here.