Science Heroes

We love highlighting scientists you may not have heard of, often with a gorgeous illustration by cartoonist and neuroscientist Matteo Farinella. We even developed a deck of cards to celebrate great, under-appreciated figures from the annals of science. You can order our tarot deck in the Massive Science Shop.

Meet Maria Sibylla Merian, the naturalist who painted insects in living color

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One of the first to recognize insect metamorphosis, she's finally getting her dues after 300 years of obscurity

Lauren Sara McKee, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Rear Admiral Amazing Grace Hopper taught computers English

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Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

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Meet Nobel Prize winner Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, who let doctors see into your blood

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Her radioimmunoassay technique enabled scientists to measure hundreds of trace biological substances for the first time

Jordan Harrod, Harvard University

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Meet Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer

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A "prophet of the computer age," she saw the potential for computers outside of pure mathematics

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University

Three times Louise Slaughter used her microbiology training in Congress

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The lawmaker, the only microbiologist in Congress, pushed for public health reform

Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

Four facts about Marie Tharp, the woman whose art mapped the bottom of the sea

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She discovered the Earth's 'backbone' even though men wouldn't let her on a ship for 17 years

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Five facts about Mae Jemison, doctor, dancer, and the first woman of color in space

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You know she went to space. But do you know which TV show inspired her to go?

Anastasia Gorelova, University of Pittsburgh

Meet Sau Lan Wu, the physicist who helped discover three fundamental particles

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Most scientists spend their careers hoping for a single big discovery. Sau Lan Wu has had three and is still searching for more.

Massive Staff