Here are a few interviews and biographies of women and science I've collected over the past month or so:
Aminollah Sabzevari writes about the pioneering Women in Medical Physics for the Science Creative Quarterly, including Marie Curie, Harriet Brooks, and Rosalind Franklin.
Have you ever felt that you were being treated differently than if you were a man in the same role?Read the whole interview for more.
I guess very early on when I was a graduate student I probably noticed that there were awkward moments. Especially when I’d go out on research vessels when women rarely did. But I’ve been in oceanography for so long now that many of the people at other institutions were students or shipmates with me. I don’t think they even think of me in a gender role anymore. It’s just a zero issue now. Young women starting out in oceanography don’t face any of the issues that I did. Students in many of the sciences are at least 50 percent female today. But there’s attrition going up the ranks. By the time you get to institute director there are very few women.
Also check out his sidebar on Goodall, "With a Founding Mother in the Filed of Primatology" (TimesSelect subscription only).
Jane Goodall, a young English woman working in Africa in the 1960s, began changing perceptions. At first, experts disputed her reports of chimps’ using tools and social behavior. The experts especially objected to her references to chimp culture. Just humans, they insisted, had “culture.”
“Jane suffered early rejection by the establishment,” Richard Wrangham, a Harvard anthropologist, said. “Now, the people who say chimpanzees don’t have emotions and culture are the ones rejected.”
Manasee Wagh writes about "Beatrix Potter, scientist" for The Scientist. (via easternblot)
What is impressive about her work is that despite Miss Potter's lack of scientific training, she was one of very few Victorians engaged in experimental observations on fungi," says Nicholas Money, professor of botany at Miami University.Tags: Marie Curie, Harriet Brooks, Rosalind Franklin, Margaret Wertheim, Marcia McNutt, Eleanor Baum, Jill Tietjen, Beatrix Potter, Jane Goodall
"She was an exceptional botanist when women weren't allowed to be," says Linda Lear, author of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, published in January this year. "And she had the pluck to stick to her theories, even when the professionals dismissed her."