Who has inspired you?
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"One of my favourites is Ruth Bancewicz, a talented geneticist, working on the positive interaction between science and faith, based at The Faraday Institute at Cambridge, and especially in her work preparing inspiring resources for schools."
Mike Hill, Email
"I choose Lise Meitner as an example of an exceptional woman that did exceptional things in exceptional times. Lise Meitner completed her studies in a time when women were not allowed into higher education. In spite of that she completed her education, got a doctorate and managed to forge collaborations with the most brilliant minds of her time. She showed very early her talent in physics, and nonetheless she had to fight to gain a paid research position because she was not doing a woman’s job. I admire her perseverance, resilience and hard work.
Finally, I selected her because she was NOT awarded the Nobel prize with O Hahn. While the experimental work of O Hahn was of course crucial, she was the one that understood and explained fission, but this was not enough. I am sure that being a woman mattered for this decision. Nonetheless, Lise Meitner should be remembered for her many brilliant and original contributions to fundamental physics, and as pioneer for women in science
Saibene Gabriella, Email
"My favourite female physicist is Laura Bassi. She was probably the first woman to hold down a professional career in the world of science and to teach at The University of Bologna. She used her position to contribute to the scientific community of Europe."
Dr Nicoleta Gaciu, Email
"Vera Rubin. Many years ago I was in the stacks of a university library looking for papers on dark matter, obviously her papers were cited but as V Rubin. So to see it was a woman leading the field was inspiring and incredibly pleasing. Especially as physics is still so male dominated."
Jane Goth, Twitter
"Don’t miss your free ebooks from @IOPPublishing today on women in physics. And I’d like to nominate Delia Derbyshire as my new personal hero for blending science technology and music in probably THE most famous piece of electronic music ever. #IWD2018"
Wendy Sadler MBE, Twitter
"The female physicist who has inspired me the most is my friend Ailsa Sparkes, who passed away at the beginning of 2016.
Ailsa achieved an incredible amount at the cutting edge of modern physics in her too-short career, working on the LHCb experiment at CERN before trading particle physics for fusion research and moving to JET at CCFE. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to knew her, bringing her uniquely upbeat outlook (and weapons-grade laugh) to everything she did, no matter how challenging. Ailsa was also deeply passionate about outreach, active in supporting women and girls in physics. She is sorely missed, but I know that she will continue to inspire future generations of young physicists even though she is sadly no longer with us."
Iain Trotter , Email
"Marie Curie – extremely hectic life yet managed on top of it all to become a pioneer in the field and hugely important in helping with the fight against cancer!"
Daniel Heatley, Email
"My teaching colleagues. Most of whom are smarter than me and stay off Twitter ;) "
Alom Shaha, Twitter
"My vote goes to Lise Meitner, who should have won a Nobel prize for physics for her work on nuclear fission. Working with Hahn and Strassmann, it was Meitner who realised what was happening in their experiments with uranium. Together with her nephew, Otto Frisch, they explained the results as due to fission of the uranium nucleus, with Meitner being one of the first to invoke Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 to convert mass to energy. Meitner and Frisch had this insight during a famous walk in the snow around Christmas 1938 - a wonderful story!
If I had a second vote, it would be for Henrietta Leavitt who in 1912 discovered the period-luminosity relationship of cepheid variable stars, and so made it possible for Hubble to prove that the Andromeda nebula was outside our own galaxy. From that moment, humanity became aware of just how vast our universe is - a truly humbling realisation.
Nigel Butler, Email
"My favourite female physicists, I have two:
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who continued doggedly with her work and should have shared credit in the Nobel Prize and Millie Dresselhaus, for the volume and clarity of her work and help it has given me in my own studies"
Dr. Stella Elliott, Email
"Rosalind Franklin for her contribution to our understanding of the molecular structure of DNA & RNA"
Linda H2 NeutriKnoW, Twitter
"Vera Rubin and her contribution to galaxy rotation curves, leading to the first real experimental evidence for dark matter"
Freya Blekman, Twitter
"Chien-Shiung Wu and her contribution to the first observation of Charge+Parity conservation, one of the more counterintuitive parts of electroweak Standard Model physics"
Freya Blekman, Twitter
"The Scientist women that inspire me is Joy Adamson. She was a noted conservationist and author who lived in Kenya in the 1950s. After her husband, a game warden, shot and killed a lion, Adamson rescued one of the orphaned cubs. She later wrote "Born Free" about raising the cub, named Elsa, and releasing her back to the wild. The book was an international best-seller and earned Adamson acclaim for her conservation efforts.
Philomena Mwirigi, Email