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 Sophie Germain, the amateur mathematician who worked on number theory's toughest problem

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Germain, or "Monsieur LeBlanc" to her professors, took a bold and creative approach to life and math

Rebecca Lea Morris, Freelance

Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who figured out what the universe is made of

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Stifled by sexism in Europe, she made foundational discoveries in astronomy after coming to the US

Arianna Soldati, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen

Brittney G. Borowiec, Wilfrid Laurier 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

Meet Annie Jump Cannon, who cataloged and ranked over 300,000 stars by their hotness

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A century later, her system is still used today

JoEllen McBride, Astrophysics

Rear Admiral Amazing Grace Hopper taught computers English

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Alyssa Shepard, The Scripps Research Institute

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