In Southeast Asia there exists a flower so exotic and strange it has captured the attention of scientists, artists and nature lovers alike. Measuring over 29 inches in diameter, weighing around 22 lbs and having no stems, roots or leaves, the genus Rafflesia, also known as the corpse flower (not Continue Reading
Elizabeth Pope: Marine Biologist
Elizabeth Pope conducted her scientific career at a time when science was a patriarchy and women were more likely to be the secretaries of scientific men, rather than renowned researchers in their own right. During her lifetime of investigating, recording and sharing information on the seashore, Pope found many opportunities Continue Reading
Elsie Bramell: A Pioneer in Museum Anthropology and Australian Archaeology
When Elsie Bramell (1909-1985) began working at the Australian Museum in 1933 she was the first woman and the first university educated person to take up a scientific position in the Anthropology Department. She was appointed Scientific Assistant, senior to her colleague and future husband Fred McCarthy, who had worked Continue Reading
Janaki Ammal Edavaleth Kakkat: Cytogeneticist, Sugarcane Revolutionizing Botanist
K. Janaki Ammal was born in Kerala, India on November 4th, 1897. One of the first women in the U.S. to earn a doctorate in botany, she went on to develop new hybrids of sugarcane. After shifting here focus to research, she published The Chromosome Atlas of Cultivated Plants.
Libbie Henrietta Hyman: Invertebrate Zoologist
Libbie Hyman was one of the most influential vertebrate and invertebrate zoologists of all time. She single-handedly wrote and illustrated an unprecedented six-volume, 4,000-page treatise on approximately 1 million invertebrates. “ …Whole academies in more than one country have attempted to do what she has done. The debt of every zoologist Continue Reading
Elsie Naumburg: Expert Ornithologist
At a time when Europe dominated ornithology and America was only just beginning to study birds and build museums, Naumberg helped to shape our understanding of ornithology for generations to come.
Matthew Henson: Explorer, Scientist
Matthew Henson A member of the first expedition to reach the North Pole, Matthew Alexander Henson was an experienced member of several polar missions and essential to the success of Robert Peary’s famous explorations.1 “My thoughts were on the going and getting forward, and on nothing else.” -Matthew Henson Continue Reading