World Women Scientist Archive

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

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

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

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

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