Gertrude Elion

Gertrude B. Elion – A Biochemist and Pharmacologist

Full name: Gertrude Belle Elion Born on: 23rd January 1918 in New York City, United States of America Died on: 21st February 1999 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA Nationality: American Education: Graduation and post-graduation in Chemistry from Hunter College and New York University respectively. Well known for: Developed an array of drugs for several diseases like malaria, AIDS, gout, urinary tract infections, etc. Elion lost her grandfather to cancer at the age of 15, it was this incident that40

Marjory S Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas- A Renowned Writer and Environment Activist

Full name – Marjory Stoneman Douglas Born on – 7th April, 1890, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America Died on– 14th May, 1998, at Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America Nationality– American Education– Attended Wellesley College for B.A. in English. Well known for– Her activism to save Everglades through her book “The Everglades: River of grass” to reclaim Everglades for its conservation and development. Majory Stoneman Douglas, a renowned writer, journalist and environment activist spent a major40

Marie Curie

Marie Curie – Physicist and Chemist, Queen of Modern Science

Full name– Maria Skłodowska Curie Born on– 7th November, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland Died on: 4th July 1934 (aged 66) at Passy, Haute-Savoie, France Nationality– French Education– Gained Licenciateships degree in Physics and Mathematical Sciences and doctoral degree of science at Sorbonne. Well known for– Inspired by the work of Becquerel and Roentgen related to radioactivity, Marie Curie worked with Pierre Curie extensively on radioactive materials. In July 1898, Curie discovered a new element which she named after her native place as40

Rosalind Franklin and Photo 51

Rosalind Franklin – A molecular biologist and the women behind photograph 51

Full name: Rosalind Elsie Franklin Born on: 25 July 1920, Notting Hill, London, England Died on: 16 April 1958 (aged 37), Chelsea, London, England Nationality: British Education: Physical chemistry, X-ray crystallography from Newnham College, University of Cambridge, England Well known for: Structure of DNA, Fine structure of coal and graphite, Structure of viruses Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a pioneer molecular biologist whose work led to the understanding of the structure of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins. They received a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure40

Wangari Maathai – Renowned Women Environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Full Name: Wangari Muta Mary Jo Maathai Born on:   1st April 1940 at Ihithe village, Tetu division,Nyeri District, Kenya Died on:   25th Sep 2011 at Nairobi, Kenya Nationality:  Kenyan Education:  B.S. biology Mount St. Scholastica College, USA (1964), M.S. biological sciences University of Pittsburgh, USA (1966), Ph.D. veterinary  anatomy, University of Nairobi (1971) Well known for: Green Belt Movement Award: Nobel Peace Prize 2004 (Know more here)   The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is a well known environmentalist and conversationalist40

Vandana Shiva – a philosopher and environmental activist

Full name:  Vandana Shiva Born on: 05 Nov 1952 at Dehradun, India Nationality: Indian Education:  St Mary’s School in Nainital, Bachelor’s degree in physics, M.A. in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada),  Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, interdisciplinary research in science, technology, and environmental policy at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Well known for: She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. She has authored more than 20 books and over 500 papers in leading scientific and technical40

Maria Cherkasova – ecologist and journalist

Full name: Maria V. Cherkasova Born on:  1938 Nationality: Russian Education: Biology and Ecology, Moscow State University Well known for:  In 1986, Ministry of Energy in the Soviet Union decided to build a huge 200 metre high dam on the Katun River in the Altar Mountains. Maria Cherkasova successfully coordinated a 4year campaign to halt the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the river Katun due to its worst environmental impacts. Maria Cherkasova is a renowned ecologist and journalist and40

Rachel Carson – Marine biologist and environmental conservationist

Full name: Rachel Louise Carson Born on: 27th May 1907 at Springdale, Pennsylvania, United Sates of America Died on: 14th April 1964 at Silver Spring, Maryland, United Sates of America Nationality: American Education: Marine Biology, Zoology and Genetics from Chatham University and Johns Hopkins University. Well known for: Book named ‘Silent Spring’ on detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds A well known marine biologist and environmental conservationist ‘Rachel Louise Carson’ has made tremendous contribution to the global environmental40