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 Valerie Thomas, the inventor and scientist who launched the longest-running satellite program imaging Earth’s surface

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During Thomas's three-decade career at NASA, she connected scientists with the data they need to understand our planet

Hanusia Higgins, University of Vermont

Meet Jane Colden, the 18th century botanist snubbed by Linnaeus

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A barrier-breaking scientist with no formal training, she has been repeatedly left out of science history

Brittany Kenyon-Flatt, North Carolina State University

Meet Betty Hay, the scientist who saw how cells grow and limbs regenerate

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Happy birthday to the trailblazing developmental biologist

Luyi Cheng, Northwestern University

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

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Arianna Soldati, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University