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Contributions of 20th-Century Women to Physics


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Contributions of 20th-Century Women to Physics  is an archive that highlights contributions made in 17 fields of research by more than 80 physicists before 1976. The site includes physics history, documents, photographs, quotes, and a reference database of more than 500 books and articles. Browse or keyword search. This resource is suitable for K-12 science students. It introduces younger students to the contributions of women in science and for older students provides a starting point for research.

A representative entry for Rosalind Franklin,  (1920-1958) an x-ray crystallographer whose work helped confirm the structure of DNA, lists her contributions, publications, honors, positions, and education and provides links to additional information.

Fascinating Documents include original papers, reminiscences, and documents written for the website. The documents are filed alphabetically by author, title, and subject and linked to each scientist’s entry.

Some History has scientist and sbject specific entries and the more general Contributions of Women to Early Nuclear Physics to provide historical context. As of 1920, there were six gaps in the periodic table. Three of those: Rhenium, Francium, and Astatine, were discovered by women physicists.

In Her Own Words are brief quotations that should inspire young students who face self-doubts and barriers to careers in science. For example Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann’s: "You should know how many incompetent men I had to compete with - in vain!"

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