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 Rebecca Lancefield, the revolutionary microbiologist whose work paved the way for antibiotics

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The sage of Streptococcus wouldn't take "you don't belong here" for an answer

Ashley Juavinett, UC San Diego

Four times that Margaret Mead challenged societal norms

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How the most influential anthropologist in history broadened views on sexuality and cultural influences

Jennifer Tsang, Microbiology

Rear Admiral Amazing Grace Hopper taught computers English

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Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

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Meet mathematician Emmy Noether, mother of the most beautiful theorem in the world

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She worked out a kink in general relativity and kickstarted the field of abstract algebra

Brittney Borowiec, Wilfrid Laurier University

Meet Mary Anning, a fossil hunter who changed the way we think about the history of life on Earth

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The ichthyosaur she found helped prove extinction

Jerald Pinson, University of Florida

Meet Katherine Johnson, the computer who helped send men to the moon

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John Glenn wouldn't blast off until she double-checked the IBM's calculations

Jenny Howard, Wake Forest University

5 facts about Marie Curie, chemist, physicist, and Nobel legend

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She was the first woman to win one – much less two – Nobel Prizes

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Five facts about Linda Buck, olfactory pioneer

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The Nobel Prize-winning biologist revolutionized how we think about our noses

Gabe Stein

3 incredible stories from the life of nanoscience pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus

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The “Queen of Carbon” didn’t earn her title by playing by the rules

Massive Staff