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 pre-order our tarot deck in the Massive Science Shop.

Sister Miriam Michael Stimson turned early models of DNA inside out

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Not everyone thinks of a Catholic nun when they think “scientist.”

Laura Mast, Georgia Institute of Technology

Meet Elisa Izaurralde, who decrypted the mystery of messenger RNA

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She made big contributions to our understanding of tiny cellular machinery

Kimberly McCoy, Biochemistry

Meet Barbara McClintock, who used corn to decipher 'jumping genes'

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Through meticulous crossbreeding, she showed that DNA is far more complicated than scientists originally thought

Yewande Pearse, LA Biomed

5 facts about Frances Hamerstrom, wildlife biologist, hunter, and savior of the prairie chicken

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As a kid, she dissected blue jays and built a garden whose path was lined with poison ivy

Ashley Juavinett, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

5 facts about Hedy Lamarr, star, inventor, wartime code maker

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“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid”

Elle O'Brien, Computational Neuroscience

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Maryam Mirzakhani’s mathematical legacy lives on

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The first woman to win a Fields Medal was only 40 when she died, but she revolutionized mathematics

Kirsi Goldynia