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Women in science are in the spotlight at Geneanet!

Posted by Jean-Yves on Feb 5, 2024

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, discover the genealogy of some famous female scientists from around the world. You may even be related to some of them!

Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)
Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet, was a French woman of letters, mathematician and physicist. A figure of the Age of Enlightenment, she is renowned for her French translation of Isaac Newton‘s Principia Mathematica.
Eva Ekeblad (1724-1786)
Born Eva De la Gardie on July 10, 1724 in Stockholm, Countess Eva Ekeblad was the first female member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748. She is renowned for having discovered how to make alcohol from potatoes.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, née Byron, was an English mathematician and pioneer in computer science. She is known as the first programmer in history thanks to her work on an ancestor of the computer, Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.
Isala Van Diest (1842-1916)
Anne Catherine Albertine Isala Van Diest, born May 7, 1842 in Louvain, was the first female doctor in Belgium and the first Belgian female academic.
Florence Bascom (1862-1945)
Born July 14, 1862 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Florence Bascom was an American geologist. She is known for being the second woman to earn a doctorate in geology in the United States and for being the first woman to be hired at the United States Geological Survey, in 1896.
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Maria Salomea Skłodowska, born November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, was a Polish physicist and chemist who naturalized French. She is the first woman to have received the Nobel Prize (in Physics in 1903) and the only woman to have received a second Nobel (in Chemistry in 1911).
Grace Hopper (1906-1992)
American computer scientist and Rear Admiral (lower half) of the American Navy, Grace Murray Hopper, born December 9, 1906 in New York, was the designer of the first compiler in 1951 and of the COBOL language in 1959.
Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)
Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was an American mathematician and space engineer. She worked for several decades at NASA, notably on the Mercury program and the Apollo 11 mission.
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
A British chemist born July 25, 1920 in Notting Hill, London, Rosalind Franklin was a pioneer in molecular biology. Her work was instrumental in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
Sally Ride (1951-2012)
American astrophysicist and astronaut Sally Kristen Ride was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles. In 1983, she became the first American and the third woman to fly into space. She is also the youngest American astronaut to have done so.

At Geneanet, you’ll also find the genealogies of the British chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994), the French physicist and mathematician Cécile DeWitt-Morette (1922-2017), the British ethologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall (1934), and the Spanish botanist Maria Àngels Cardona i Florit (1940-1991).

If you have a family tree at Geneanet, discover your family ties with these famous scientists in just a few clicks! To do this, go to the “Community > Search for relatives” menu item and under Relationships, select “With Geneastar famous people”.

If you have already researched the genealogy of a celebrity, you can also suggest adding it to Geneastar. To do this, the person must have a Wikipedia page, a portrait (photo, painting or engraving), and their family tree must extend over at least five generations of ancestors for at least one branch.

Happy discoveries!

View the famous scientists at Geneastar


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