My name is NOT Helen Lane

Her name was also not Henrietta Lacks, in fact, she was born Loretta Pleasant in 1920. Her life wasn’t easy, and instead of getting into all of the boring details, I am going to refer you to this excellent book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Important detail number 1 (and only): in 1951 HenriettaContinue reading “My name is NOT Helen Lane”

Watson, Crick, Franklin, and that other guy

If I asked you to name the first person that comes to mind when I say, “discovered DNA,” you would say either Watson or Crick. And you would be wrong. DNA was actually discovered by Swiss physiological chemist Friedrich Miescher in 1869. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was not awarded to Watson andContinue reading “Watson, Crick, Franklin, and that other guy”

Up, Up, and Away

There is barely an American today who does not hear Challenger and think “space shuttle.” However, I bet there are a lot, if not most, that do not think, “that’s the one made Sally Ride the youngest American and the first American woman to enter space in 1983.” After the tragic explosion in 1986, whichContinue reading “Up, Up, and Away”

Radium, Curium

Brief Biography Born Maria Sklowska in Warsaw, Poland 1867, Marie Curie is perhaps best known for her work with radioactive elements. She married Pierre Curie and adopted the French version of her name in 1895 and together they accomplished many scientific advancements. However, after Pierre’s tragic death, Marie Curie continued her work. In 1903 she wasContinue reading “Radium, Curium”

Welcome to the New Year!

Happy New Year! As my regular followers may have noticed, I fell off the map more than once with my posts, so this year I will be starting off with several posts about women in science who motivate me! First, I would like to ask and answer the question, “why do we need woman inContinue reading “Welcome to the New Year!”