Women Scientists

Throughout history, there have been many women scientists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female scientists such as Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Rosalind Franklin, Lise Meitner.The women scientists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

 1 Katherine Johnson

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Katherine Johnson was a physicist and mathematician, remembered as the first African-American female NASA scientist. Her calculations helped launch the space missions of Alan Shepard and John Glenn. She was crucial to the Apollo program and won a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her achievements.

 2 Shakuntala Devi

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Famous As: Human Computer
Birthdate: November 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 21, 2013

A child prodigy who was never formally educated, Shakuntala Devi became a mathematical genius earning the title of Human Computer for her exceptional calculating abilities. The Indian genius was also an astrologer and a gifted writer who authored books on maths, astrology, homosexuality in India and a crime thriller novel.

 3 Lise Meitner

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 27, 1968

 4 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.

 5 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

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Famous As: Astronomer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: December 7, 1979

 6 Rachel Carson

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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: May 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 14, 1964

 7 Gerty Cori

Gerty Cori
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: August 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 26, 1957
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 8 Dorothy Vaughan

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 10, 2008

 9 Emmy Noether

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: April 14, 1935

 10 Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Birthdate: July 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 11 Nettie Stevens

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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: July 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 4, 1912

 12 Jennifer Doudna

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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: February 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 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.

 14 Hypatia

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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer, Writer
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0415 AD

 15 Alicia Nash

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Salvadoran, American
Died: May 23, 2015

 16 Rosalind Franklin

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 16, 1958

 17 Mary Jackson

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 2005

 18 Mileva Marić

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Serbian
Died: August 4, 1948

 19 Maria Montessori

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Famous As: Physician and Educator
Birthdate: August 31, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 6, 1952

 20 Vandana Shiva

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Famous As: Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 21 Henrietta Swan Leavitt

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 1921

 22 Vera Rubin

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2016

 23 Laura Bassi

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Famous As: Italian physicist, Academic
Birthdate: October 31, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 20, 1778

 24 Amy Mainzer

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 25 Florence R. Sabin

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Famous As: Medical Scientist
Birthdate: November 9, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 3, 1953

 26 Mary Styles Harris

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 27 Ada Lovelace

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Famous As: Countess of Lovelace
Birthdate: December 10, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: November 27, 1852

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician known for her work on the Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer proposed by Charles Babbage. Many believe that Lovelace was the first to recognize the potential of computers. It is also believed that she published the first algorithm after realizing that the algorithm could be carried out by a machine like the Analytical Engine.

 28 Sally Ride

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Famous As: Physicist, Astronaut
Birthdate: May 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 2012
Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride was the first American woman and the youngest American astronaut to enter space. Following her death, it was revealed that she had been in a 27-year lesbian relationship with tennis player and professor Tam O'Shaughnessy. Sally herself was a ranked junior tennis player, too.

 29 Alexandra Elbakyan

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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kazakh

 30 Sylvia Earle

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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Grace Hopper

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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 1992

 32 Maryam Mirzakhani

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Famous As: mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Iranian

 33 Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Mexican
Died: April 17, 1695

 34 Nina Gray

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Vanessa Nadal

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Famous As: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Wife
Birthdate: August 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 36 Deborah Birx

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Kathleen Rubins

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Famous As: Astronaut, Biologist
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 Juliane Koepcke

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Famous As: Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, Peruvian
Juliane Koepcke is a German Peruvian mammalogist. She is well-known for being the only survivor of the Líneas Aéreas Nacionales S.A. Flight 508 plane crash; she survived ten days in the Amazon rainforest after surviving a fall of 9843 feet while strapped to her airplane seat. Her story inspired films like Miracles Still Happen (1974) and Wings of Hope (1998).

 39 Marina Oswald

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

 40 Sudha Murthy

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Famous As: Author, Social worker, Computer scientist, Children's writer
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 41 Retta

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

 42 Dian Fossey

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Famous As: Zoologist, Conservationist
Birthdate: January 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Rwandan, American
Died: December 26, 1985

 43 Rita Levi-Montalcini

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Famous As: Neurologist
Birthdate: April 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 30, 2012

 44 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 45 Margaret Hamilton

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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 46 Aafia Siddiqui

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Famous As: Neuroscientist
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Pakistani

 47 Ginni Rometty

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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 Nell Newman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Fei-Fei Li

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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Nationality: American

 50 Lynn Margulis

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 2011