History This section of the Women in Biology Launch Page provides links related to history of women in science. If you just arrived, please start at the first page for an introduction to the site and an index (you can use the buttons at right to navigate all pages).
Women scientists past and present
Florence Nightingale broke a number of
barriers, including the application of statistics to scientific and social problems--and all
this as a woman in Victorian England!
- Rosalind Franklin is one of the most famous of women biologists. There are a number of sites
devoted to her, including this
timeline and this essay. Also, this site discusses
what really happened in The Double Helix?
Genentech provides this
- Nettie Stevens found that inheritance of the X and Y chromosomes determined sex in insects.
Hypatia, probably the earliest
of women in science
- Elizabeth Hazen and Rachel Brown
developed the antifungal drug Nystatin.
Thanks to AWIS-San Diego for introducing me to these women!
- Elizabeth Blackwell
was the first medical graduate in the US. See this
on line exhibition.
- Maria Sibylla Merian,
17th c. artist, botanist, naturalist
- Four heroines of science: Lise Meitner, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Rosalind Franklin, and Rachel Carson