Our Science Heroes

Featuring 17 articles by 3 scientists

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.

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5 facts about Marjorie Lee Browne, African American math prodigy and pioneer

Breaking through barriers of race and gender, she pursued the beauty of pure math

Ashley Juavinett

Neuroscience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

5 facts about Rosalind Franklin, DNA pioneer

She helped discover DNA, got snubbed by the Nobel Committee, and kept right on going

Alireza Edraki

Evolutionary Biology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

5 facts about Jean Bartik, expert programmer of the world's first computer

"The ENIAC was a son of a b**** to program"

Ashley Juavinett

Neuroscience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Five facts about Mae Jemison, doctor, dancer, and the first woman of color in space

You know she went to space. But do you know which TV show inspired her to go?

Ana Gorelova

Molecular Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

Five facts about Mary Putnam Jacobi, medical pioneer and suffragette

She was a true renaissance woman

Ashley Juavinett

Neuroscience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Five facts about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space

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

Alan Yuhas

Five facts about Linda Buck, olfactory pioneer

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

Gabe Stein

Meet the astronomer who changed how we see the stars

Williamina Fleming pioneered a system for classifying stars and discovered the Horsehead Nebula

Kirsi Goldynia

Maryam Mirzakhani died Friday. Her legacy lives on

The first woman to win a Fields Medal was only 40, but she revolutionized mathematics

Kirsi Goldynia

Meet the "First Lady of Physics," "Queen of Nuclear Research," and destroyer of natural laws

Chien-Shiung Wu conducted some of the most elegant particle physics experiments of her time

Nadja Oertelt

Meet the chemist who engineered the first effective treatment of leprosy

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

Nadja Oertelt

4 incredible fossils found by paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey

Meet the British anthropologist who completely changed our understanding of the hominid ancestral tree

Massive Staff

Meet the woman who changed how we treat cancer

Jane Cooke Wright saved millions by making chemotherapy more effective

Massive Staff

Meet the physicist who helped discover three fundamental particles

Most scientists spend their careers hoping for a single big discovery. Sau Lan Wu has had three and is still searching for more.

Massive Staff

Meet the first black woman to earn a PhD in chemistry

Marie Maynard Daly worked at a time when our understanding of DNA was changing in big ways

Massive Staff

Meet the botanist who made sugarcane sweeter and snuck a squirrel into England

Janaki Ammal lived simply. Her life was anything but.

Massive Staff

3 incredible stories from the life of nanoscience pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus

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

Massive Staff