Posters Celebrating Women Scientists

RedBubble user Hydrogene has a great poster series featuring famous women scientists. There are only six up now — here's hoping they produce more!

Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who pioneered the field of radioactivity research. Not only was she the first woman hired as a professor at the University of Paris, she also won the Nobel Prize. Twice. The poster is a graphical model of the Plutonium atom, its 94 electrons orbiting the protons and neutrons in its core. Learn more about Marie Curie >

Rachel Carson poster

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist whose love of the natural world (and her talent for popularizing science and nature to a mass audience) led her to fight to save it. Carson's most famous and impactful book, Silent Spring, in many ways kicked off the modern environmental movement, and was crucial in the ultimately successful fight to ban the use of the harmful pesticide DDT. The poster is a chemical model of DDT. Learn more about Rachel Carson >

Sally Ride poster

Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut who became the first women in space, and ultimately spent more than 343 hours there. In addition to her work in space and physics research, Ride also wrote numerous science books for children. Learn more about Sally Ride >

Grace Hopper poster

Grace Hopper was a giant in the field of computer science. Her trailblazing work included building the world's first code compiler, helping build the UNIVAC I, and laying the foundation for the computer language COBOL. Starting as a girl dismantling clocks around the house, by the time she retired she had completed a Ph.D. and attained the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Learn more about Grace Hopper >

Rosalind Franklin poster

Rosalind Franklin was a chemist and X-ray crystallographer who helped modern science grasp the shape and structure of molecular-level objects, from DNA to viruses. Franklin's X-ray images of DNA strands led directly to the discovery of the double helix formation. Tragically, she died of cancer at the age of 37. Despite her contributions, she is often left out of the standard history of DNA discovery. Learn more about Rosalind Franklin >

Jane Goodall poster

Jane Goodall is an anthropologist and possibly the world's best-known primatologist. Her study of Chimpanzees in Tanzania over the course of 45 years revolutionized the way scientists and the public in general understand and think about our evolutionary cousins. Goodall has worked extensively in the fields of animal rights advocacy to raise the consideration of non-human creatures in human activity (e.g. zoos, circuses, hunting for sport, etc.). Learn more about Jane Goodall >

Six scientists not enough for you? Me neither. Check out Smithsonian's list of 10 women scientists, including several who worked back in the 18th century. Also take a look at National Geographic's 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism.