Women Chemists

Throughout history, there have been many women chemists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female chemists such as Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Irène Joliot-Curie, Dorothy Hodgkin, Stephanie Kwolek.The women chemists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

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 1 Marie Curie

Marie Curie
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Famous As: First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Birthdate: November 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Polish
Died: July 4, 1934
Amongst the most notable scientists of her time, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the sole person to win two Nobel Prize in two different category, and the first woman professor at the University of Paris—Marie Curie’s list of achievements is incredible. She did extensive research in the field of radioactivity and discovered polonium and radium.

 2 Irène Joliot-Curie

Irène Joliot-Curie
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: September 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 17, 1956

Marie Curie and Pierre Curie’s daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, herself a brilliant scientist, won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with her husband, Joliot-Curie, for discovering artificial radioactivity. She was also one of the first three female French government members. She tragically died of leukemia caused by exposure to radiation.

 3 Tu Youyou

Tu Youyou
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Famous As: chemist, pharmacologist, inventor, university teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Chinese

 4 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 5 Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 16, 1958
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 

 6 Marina Oswald

Marina Oswald
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Famous As: Pharmacist
Birthdate: July 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American, Russian

 7 Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 8 Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: May 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: July 29, 1994

 9 Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2014

 10 Gertrude B. Elion

Gertrude B. Elion
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Famous As: Biochemist, Pharmacologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1999

 11 Clara Immerwahr

Clara Immerwahr
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Famous As: Chemist, Feminist
Birthdate: June 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 2, 1915

 12 Johanna Budwig

Johanna Budwig
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Famous As: Chemist, Biochemist, Inventor, Physician
Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: May 19, 2003

 13 Ada Yonath

Ada Yonath
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Israeli

Ada Yonath is an Israeli crystallographer. She is best known for her work on the structure of the ribosome, for which she received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz. The first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize, she occupies the Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professorial Chair at the Weizmann Institute.  

 14 Catherine Coleman

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

 15 Ellen Swallow Richards

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

 16 Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon
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Famous As: chemist
Birthdate: January 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 17 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale

Dame Kathleen Lonsdale
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Famous As: Crystallographer
Birthdate: January 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Northern Irish
Died: April 1, 1971

 18 Ida Noddack

Ida Noddack
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: September 24, 1978

 19 Ruth R. Benerito

Ruth R. Benerito
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 2013

 20 Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
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Famous As: Chemical engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Portuguese
Died: July 10, 2004

 21 Katherine B. Hoffman

Katherine B. Hoffman
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 18, 2020

 22 Hazel Bishop

Hazel Bishop
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Famous As: Chemist and businesswoman
Birthdate: August 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 5, 1998

 23 Anna J. Harrison

Anna J. Harrison
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1998

 24 Graças Foster

Graças Foster
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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: August 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Brazilian

 25 Antigoni Papadopoulou

Antigoni Papadopoulou
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cypriot

 26 Hind Al-Abadleh

Hind Al-Abadleh
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Famous As: Environmental chemistry
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Emirati

 27 Mishkan Al-Awar

Mishkan Al-Awar
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Emirati
Died: July 26, 2020

 28 Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 29 Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier

Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: February 10, 1836

 30 Brigitte Boisselier

Brigitte Boisselier
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 31 Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou

Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Nigerien

 32 Sossina M. Haile

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

 33 Elmira Süleymanova

Elmira Süleymanova
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Azerbaijani

 34 Manar Fayyad

Manar Fayyad
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: November 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Jordanian