Born in 1768 in the Anhui province in China, Wang Zhenyi, is remembered as a famous female scientist from the Qing dynasty. She held a progressive belief that a woman could display her talents to the fullest and that learning was not just for men, but for men and women.
Grace Hopper was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City. At a very young age she showed an interest in engineering, often taking apart household goods and putting them back together. She was named a distinguished fellow of the British Computer Society, then the first person from the U.S. and first woman from any country to hold the title.
Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist born on December 16, 1901 in Philadelphia. Between 1925 and 1939, she studied seven cultures in the South Pacific and Indonesia, focusing on the relationship between the individual and culture.
Born in 1799, Mary Anning was a pioneering paleontologist and fossil collector. Her father, Richard Anning, was a cabinet maker and amateur fossil collector. He taught her as well as her brother, Joseph, how to look for and clean fossil specimens — a skill they later relied on to support the family.
Lise Meitner was born in Vienna, Austria. She developed an interest in physics and was the first woman admitted to the physics lectures and laboratories at the University of Vienna. Through written correspondences, she continued her collaboration with Otto Hahn in determining whether a uranium atom could be split… the discovery of fission.