Magnificent Minds

Pendred Noyce

No. of pages 180

Great for age

Did you know that Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of statistics in public health? That Marie Curie is still the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry—and the only winner whose daughter also won a Nobel Prize? That in the 17th century, the most accomplished scholar in mathematical astronomy was a Polish woman, Maria Cunitz? This book, which grows out of an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York, introduces the lives, sayings, and dreams of sixteen women over four centuries and chronicles their contributions to mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, computer science, and medicine.


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Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer who helped establish the professionalism of nursing roles for women in Victorian England. She played a prominant role in managing the nursing of soldiers during the Crimean War.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace – born Augusta Ada Byron, daughter to the poet Lord Byron,  in 1815 – was a Mathematician and writer. She is best known for her remarkable work with Charles Babbage in building an early computer – the Analytical Engine. She designed the first algorithm used by a machine, and so is recognised as the first computer programmer. She died of uterine cancer in 1852 at the age of 36.

Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a chemist whose research on radioactivity led to her discovery of radium.

Maria Cunitz

Maria Cunitz was one of the most notable female astronomers of the modern era. In Urania Propitia she proposed an elegant solution to Kepler's problem. The Cunitz crater on Venus is named after her, and the minor planet 12624 Mariacunitia is named in her honour

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