the enchantress of numbers
Known as the mother of programming, Ada Lovelace was a founder of scientific computing and daughter of the notorious poet Lord Byron.
Her notes were crucial to of Alan Turing's work building the first modern computers. While others had focused on the machine’s ability to calculate, Lovelace envisioned that a computer could be so much more.Buy the Cameo Buy the Pin
A computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral, Grace Hopper was a pioneer in the field of programming.
She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language. Her work led to the development of one of the first high-level programming languages, COBOL.Buy the Cameo
An actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hedy Lamarr proved herself to be more than a pretty face. She was also a scientist who helped invent spread spectrum communications, a technology crucial to today’s wireless communications.
Originally designed to defeat the Nazis, the system became an important step in the development of cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations.Buy the Cameo
At 32, Sally Ride became the first American woman and the youngest American to go into space. She made numerous contributions to the fields of science and space exploration, including helping to develop the space shuttle’s robot arm.
Ride stressed the importance of role models in the sciences for girls to attain gender equality in those fields. She developed programs and wrote children’s books to get younger girls to learn about science and space.While it was not made public until after her death, she was also the first known LGBT astronaut.Buy the Cameo
Known as “Astronomy’s Cinderella,” Herschel was raised to believe that the greatest thing she could hope to be was a scullery maid. After moving to England to live with her brother, she began assisting him in his endeavors in astronomy.
She went on to discover 14 new nebulae, including NGC 205, the companion to the Andromeda Galaxy. Caroline was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to receive payment for scientific work.Buy the Cameo
Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space.
She worked with the Peace Corps in West Africa and researched vaccines for the CDC. She’s the founder of the Jemison Group, which works to advance technology and improve healthcare in developing countries.Buy the Cameo
Marie Curie, possibly one of the most famous names in science, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different fields- physics and chemistry. She discovered polonium and radium, and aided in the development of X-rays.Buy the Cameo
Sophie Germain was French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher.
Unable to obtain a formal education due to her gender, she was completely self taught. She was a pioneer of elasticity theory, and her work on Fermat's Last Theorem provided a foundation for mathematicians exploring the subject for hundreds of years.Buy the Cameo
Maud Menten was most known for her work on enzyme kinetics. She was one of the first women in Canada to receive a medical doctorate. She co-developed the Michaelis–Menten equation, which changed the approach to the subject and is still used in laboratories today.
A hard worker, Menten authored over seventy papers and made co-discoveries involving hemoglobin, kidney functions, and blood sugar. In addition to her chemistry skills, Menten was a talented painter, passionate mountain climber, and spoke six languages. She also played the clarinet, enjoyed astronomy, and went on an arctic exhibition.Buy the Cameo
After fleeing Nazi Germany, Meitner was part of the team that discovered and explained nuclear fission. While her partner received a Nobel Prize for their work, he never acknowledged her contribution.
Her other discoveries include the isotope protactinium and the cause of the Auger effect. The element Meitnerium is named in her honor.Buy the Cameo