Science Heroes

We love highlighting scientists you may not have heard of, often with a gorgeous illustration by cartoonist and neuroscientist Matteo Farinella. Eventually, we want to build a deck of cards to celebrate great, under-appreciated figures from the annals of science.

Meet Annie Easley, the barrier-breaking mathematician who helped us explore the solar system

She overcame life-long racial discrimination to complete a long and impactful career at NASA

Meet Helen Rodríguez-Trías, pediatrician-turned-healthcare activist

She pushed to end sterilization, legalize abortion, and give poor people access to quality care

Natalie Parletta

Psychology and Nutrition

University of South Australia

Meet Mamie Phipps Clark, the social psychologist who helped outlaw segregated schools

She became the first black woman to earn a PhD in psychology from Columbia University

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds


McGill University

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

She helped discover DNA, got snubbed by her contemporaries, and kept right on going

Alireza Edraki

Evolutionary Biology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Meet the chemist who engineered the first effective treatment of leprosy

Alice Augusta Ball died at the age of 24. Ninety years later, we finally started recognizing her contributions.