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 Merit-Ptah, the ancient Egyptian doctor who didn't exist

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Though created by accident, her story fit neatly with burgeoning 20th century feminism

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Meet Alice Wilson, the Canadian geologist who did the work of five people

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She wasn't allowed to work at remote field sites, so she became the expert in her local rocks and fossils

Arianna Soldati, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Meet Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who gave us bulletproof vests and yoga pants

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The long-serving DuPont chemist invented kevlar and contributed to spandex

Dan Samorodnitsky

Rear Admiral Amazing Grace Hopper taught computers English

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Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

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Maria Kirch was the first woman to discover a comet, but her husband took the credit

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Even 300 years later, Maria Margaretha Winkelmann Kirch is denied credit for her work

JoEllen McBride, Astrophysics

There was so much more to Rachel Carson beyond 'Silent Spring'

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The trained zoologist and a bureaucrat pushed for environmental safety her whole life

Jenny Howard, Wake Forest University

Meet Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist who first noticed pulsars

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Through sheer tenacity she has forged a career in a male-dominated field

Yewande Pearse, LA Biomed