Women of Science Biweekly

Olivia Campbell
A newsletter of notable women in the history of science and medicine
Created 13 Nov 2020
  • The First Lady of Limu
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    The flashy colors, fervent fragrance, and flamboyant physique of flowers didn’t fool Isabella, affectionately known as Izzie. She saw right through their showy seduction. “There [are] thousands of peo...
  • The Original Scientist
    24 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 3 0
    Not all women in the Regency era whiled their days away pining for a man to come whisk them off into the sunset. Some women were busy reading all they could about mathematics. Thomas Phillips - Mary F...
  • The Queen of Crystallography
    10 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 1
    Kathleen Lonsdale, by Walter Stoneman, half-plate glass negative, April 1945, © National Portrait Gallery, London, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 1927 was a banner year for Kathleen Yardley. She married her college ...
  • Victorian Women Doctors: Far From the First
    28 May 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    My book, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine, tells the story of three women who become the first licensed women medical practitioners in the US, England, a...
  • A Mother of 3 Maps the Brain
    20 May 2021 • 7 min read
    Cécile In 1897, 22-year-old Cécile Mugnier found herself pregnant, unmarried, and in the middle of earning a medical degree. That same year, she also met her future husband, Oskar Vogt. Cécile was wor...
  • Brilliant Botanist, Innovative Educator
    07 May 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Marie Clark Taylor Women in science have done so much to improve the world. Just think where we might be if they hadn’t been shut out of these professions for so long. Marie Clark Taylor left an amazi...
  • A "Wonder Woman" of Many Talents
    30 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    Bessie Blount Physiotherapist, forensic handwriting expert, and brilliant inventor, Bessie Blount did a little bit of everything. Throughout all of the incredible, varied work she undertook, Bessie’s ...
  • A Genetics Genius Sweetens India
    23 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    Edavaleth Kakkat Janaki Ammal. Courtesy John Innes Centre Archive. India had a problem. The only types of sugarcane they could get to grow in their tropical climate were not very sweet. They were forc...
  • Mapping Philadelphia's Flora
    14 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    The botanical community was abuzz with the news of Ida A. Keller’s grand plan for a comprehensive guide to Philadelphia-era flora. It was a massive undertaking, the scope of which was unheard of at th...
  • Chemistry's Mother
    01 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    Marie-Anne as a young woman. Pastel. You’ve likely heard the name Antoine Lavoisier—the discoverer of oxygen’s true nature, the father of chemistry—but do you know about the woman behind the curtain, ...
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