Encounters with successful women scientists

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There are many greats in science history but relatively few women scientists that could be chosen as role models. This essay presents some from among contemporary contributors to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, and astronomy. They had overcome barriers of discrimination, the difficulties of managing their time between research and family, and all have triumphed. They include some of the most famous, such as Isabella Karle, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Anne McLaren, and Vera Rubin, and some less famous, including examples from Russia, India, and Turkey. Their presentation is based on personal encounters with them by the author; herself a scientist, wife, and mother.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019


  • Anne McLaren
  • Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
  • Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Frances Kelsey
  • Isabella Karle
  • Mildred Dresselhaus
  • role models
  • women scientists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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