American Female Chemists

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 1 Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 18, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek was an American chemist remembered for her invention of Kevlar. She worked at the DuPont Company for over four decades and was awarded the company's Lavoisier Medal for her discovery. In 1995, she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth woman to be inducted. She also won other awards including the Perkin Medal.

 2 Retta

Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 3 Marina Oswald

Marina Oswald
Famous As: Pharmacist
Birthdate: July 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Severodvinsk Molotovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Marina Oswald is a Russian-born American pharmacist best known as the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed the 35th president of the USA, John F. Kennedy. She played a key role in the Warren Commission hearings where she testified against Oswald. Marina has been portrayed by many actresses in films like JFK and Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald.

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 4 Gertrude B. Elion

Gertrude B. Elion
Famous As: Biochemist, Pharmacologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 21, 1999

The daughter of Jewish immigrants in New York, Gertrude B. Elion excelled in chemistry at Hunter College, where she studied for free, but was initially unable to find a job due to gender bias. The renowned biochemist and pharmacologist later won a Nobel and became a pioneer in medical research.

 5 Catherine Coleman

Catherine Coleman
Famous As: Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston

 6 Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards
Famous As: Chemist, University teacher, Economist
Birthdate: December 3, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunstable
Died: March 30, 1911

 7 Alice Ball

Alice Ball
Famous As: Chemist, Pharmacist
Birthdate: July 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: December 31, 1916
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 8 Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon
Famous As: chemist
Birthdate: January 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago

 9 Ruth R. Benerito

Ruth R. Benerito
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: October 5, 2013

 10 Hazel Bishop

Hazel Bishop
Famous As: Chemist and businesswoman
Birthdate: August 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 5, 1998

 11 Sossina M. Haile

Sossina M. Haile
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 12 Katherine B. Hoffman

Katherine B. Hoffman
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Died: July 18, 2020

 13 Anna J. Harrison

Anna J. Harrison
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Benton City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 8, 1998