Women in Science

Much like science, history is cumulative. History is passed down in stories in order to be remembered, honored, and learned from. In the tradition of the historical female pioneers of science such as Marie Curie, Barbara McClintock, Dorothy Hodgkin, Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall and many more, we celebrate our Women in Science with profiles describing their paths to scientific studies and the heart of their passion for the disciplines they practice. Each has a different story, and some provide advice for up and coming women contemplating a career in science.

Here are their stories.

Housebuilder Becomes Nanostructure Creator

Not many people can say their work is used in outer space. But Audrey Liard Cloup can.

Female Power

Women in Science: Michelle Sestak

Michelle Sestak always liked to tinker with things. Even if it was just assembling a piece of furniture, she had a constant curiosity about the way things worked.

From Playing Musical Notes to Creating Technology

Women in Science: Cecile Lerondeau

When she was 15 years old, Cécile Lerondeau wanted to be a musician.

Physicist a Determined but Peaceful Woman

Women in Science: Valérie Paret

Now, Valérie Paret, Ph.D., will soon add a new title to her name – black belt.

Science is in Her Blood

Women in Science: Li Yan

Li Yan grew up in a petrochemical town in Hunan Providence in southern China.

Finding the Science Gene in Utopia

Women in Science: May Tong

It is an old Chinese saying.  If there is a paradise in the heavens, you will find it on earth in Hangzhou.

Like Father Like Daughter

Women in Science: Xinhua Pan

She is HORIBA Scientific’s Applications Specialist for the company’s Optical Spectroscopy Division.

Still Waters Run Deep

Women in Science: Linxi Chen

Linxi Chen grew up in the river-rich city of Wuhan in Central China. It features the country’s longest waterway, the Yangtze, which translates to “long river.”

Her Father’s Daughter

Women in Science: Susan Maher

Kurt Lehovec had a background in physics and material science. European-born, he passed his passion for the sciences onto his daughter Susan.

Born to Raman

Women in Science: Bridget O'Donnel

It wasn’t until her visits to the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia that she truly discovered her interest in science.

Science Was in The Cards

Women in Science: Beth Finamore

Beth Finamore had an inkling the sciences were in her future at an early age.

Scientist Born of Curiosity

Women in Science: Nassim Rahimi

The seeds of science for Nassim Rahimi were planted in her home in the arid, sunny climate of Tehran, Iran.

Chasing a Cure

Women in Science: Karen Gall

During the summers, Karen Steege Gall’s mother, a first grade teacher, led a family science course. Fourth-graders and their families would attend. Karen sat in at times too.

Curiosity Shapes Scientist at Young Age

Women in Science: Marinella Sandros

A small girl from the Middle East learns her love of science, passion for biomedical engineering and a way to help others see interactions on an elemental scale.

A Scientist First

Women in Science: Fran Adar

Growing up in Philadelphia, Fran Adar liked to read and play the piano. But it wasn’t until high school chemistry, when she first saw the Periodic Table of Elements, that Adar found her true passion.


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