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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.

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

Meet the barrier-breaking physicist hunting gravity with lasers

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Nergis Mavalvala explores gravitational waves and quantum physics

Prabarna Ganguly, Northeastern University

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

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Alireza Edraki, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Five facts about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space

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Two decades before Sally Ride, a Soviet woman rose from obscurity to become the first female cosmonaut

Alan Yuhas