Can you name one female scientist?

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Poll: Can you name one female scientist?
Male - Can name more than one female scientist (40)
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Male - Can name one female scientist only (15)
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Male - Cannot name any female scientists (8)
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Female - Can name more than one female scientist (22)
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Female - Can name one female scientist only (13)
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As I was flicking through my social media feed I spied this article

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...t-9391307.html

Shamefully, I can only name one proper* female scientist who seems to be the most common one names in this survey
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Marie Curie
However it seems one in four of us can't even manage to name one! I wondered how well people of TSR would fare at the same task and have therefore included a poll. Please answer honestly, as I have, which means no Google, flicking through textbooks and "oh there was that lady who did -blank- but I can't remember her name" doesn't count.

Thought I may as well split this by gender to see if there was any differences there.

*The reason I said "proper female scientist" is because I'm taking a psychology degree so could list you a lot of female psychologists or who have provided research into the field of psychology but it is debatable to call them "scientists" as such.
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Marie Curie was the only one I could think of as well
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marie curie

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Can you guys vote in the poll I just added too? I like statistics.
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Off the top of my head...

Marie Curie
Sophie Germain
Barbara Liskov
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Yeah first one was Marie Curie as well ><
But I guess so was her daughter Julie Curie >
Rosa Franklin (?) - DNA crystallography
Menton (or is it Michaelis - one of them is female ><)
And I agree I can't think of anymore T_T


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Myself.
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Marie Curie is my one
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Emmy Noether (Technically a mathematician... but did a lot for physics)
Marie Curie (radioactivity) and her daughter Julie (another chemist)
Rosa Franklin (DNA crystallography)
Katherine Blundell (Astrophysicist, writes a lot of textbooks)

and that's all off the top of my head...
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In terms of female scientists I only really know of Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin. If mathematicians are included the list becomes significantly larger; Emmy Noether, Philippa Fawcett, Sophie Germain all come to mind.
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Anne-Marie Imafidon is living the TSR dream: graduated MMathCompSci from Oxford aged 19, that's a 4 year degree begun at 15, and went to work in Deutsche Bank FO.

She is the founder of Stemettes: http://stemettes.org/

Suck it up, bigots...

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I can only think of two from the top of my head Marie Curie and Dorothy Hodgkin. The latter is only due to a google article thing I read recently and found it surprising that she is the only british female scientist to win a science Nobel prize and I'd never heard of her before.
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Marie Curie
Ada Lovelace
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Yep Marie Curie. Although that isn't really surprising given how few women show an interest in pursuing science (look at any physics class leaving a lecture hall you won't see many girls there,) plus 100 years ago it would have been a lot harder to get respect as a woman in science, I don't think that is the case anymore. I bet if you asked people to name scientists that are still alive then they'd get stuck after Hawking (and maybe Brian Cox if that counts,) so I doubt people will be able to think of a second woman any time soon.
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Yeah I only know Marie Curie. In fairness, I could only name a few male scientists as well (Einstein, Newton, Rutherford, Hawking.

The issue, if indeed there is an issue here, is the lack of common knowledge about famous scientists, not specifically female ones.
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Do mathematicians count?

Marie Curie
Sophie Germain
Ada Lovelace
Maria Agnesi (credit goes to Google's picture the other day for this one )
Caroline Herschel
Florence Nightingale (not really too sure about this, but IIRC she was a statistician as well).
Rosalind Franklin
Dorothy Hodgkin

Male Scientists

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Pythagoras
Diophantus
Gauss
Dyson
Fermat
Euclid
Laplace
Galois
Gödel
Al-Khalili
Cox
Ramanujan
Hardy
Hawking
Einstein
Minkowski
Feynman
Rutherford
Geiger
Marsden
Fourier
Newton
Galileo
Darwin
Tesla
Dirac
Lorentz
Maxwell
Bohr
Faraday
Pasteur
Bell
Russell
Aristotle
Edison
Archimedes
Da Vinci
Mendel

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Hatice Altug - Turkish Scientist - Boston University - The World's Most Successful Female Scientists (2011)

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(Original post by tengentoppa)
Yeah I only know Marie Curie. In fairness, I could only name a few male scientists as well (Einstein, Newton, Rutherford, Hawking.

The issue, if indeed there is an issue here, is the lack of common knowledge about famous scientists, not specifically female ones.
There is a general lack of knowledge of scientists but you just named 5 in a 1:4 ratio of women to men showing that, if you're gonna know a scientist, it pretty much won't be a woman. Both lack of knowledge of female scientists and general ones are an issue in my view.
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Yep Marie Curie. Although that isn't really surprising given how few women show an interest in pursuing science (look at any physics class leaving a lecture hall you won't see many girls there,) plus 100 years ago it would have been a lot harder to get respect as a woman in science, I don't think that is the case anymore. I bet if you asked people to name scientists that are still alive then they'd get stuck after Hawking (and maybe Brian Cox if that counts,) so I doubt people will be able to think of a second woman any time soon.
I think my course was quite the anomaly in that a fairly large proportion of my cohort were female. Indeed of those that went on to undertake higher degrees in Phyics the majority were female.

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Well, the majority of the scientists in my department at uni are female, so I can name quite a few...

Did you mean famous scientists?
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