Augusta Ada Byron or more commonly known as Ada Lovelace is the world’s first computer programmer; she discovered an algorithm along with Charles Babbage that changed the computer world forever. If you studied computer programming and have felt the pain (or joy) of it, blame this woman. Although today, her title as the first computer programmer is still an ongoing debate.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian Hollywood actress. She proved to be more than a pretty face when she co-invented the Frequency-Hopping Spread-Spectrum.
Hedy learned about the science gizmo world when she married her first husband, Friedrich Mandl. Hedy joined her husband during meetings with scientists where they talked about military technology. At the height of the war, it was discussed that torpedoes used in naval battles were easily set off course by a frequency. Hedy and her neighbor, George Antheil, developed their invention that would require more power for torpedoes to set them off course. Although it wasn’t used during World War II, their invention was used during the Cuban war. It was rediscovered again in the 21st century and was adapted for the use of WiFi network connections, Bluetooth, and for cordless telephones.
ANNIE JUMP CANNON
Annie produced a classification system for the stars based on their Spectra. Before, people used to look at the stars and form different shapes. The Greeks even provided a story about the Orion constellation. A hunter called Orion, vowed to kill all the animals on Earth and Gaia was angry; and for this, the Gods placed Orion in the night sky. Annie, who has earned a lot of awards for her system, has helped us connect more with the heavenly and mysterious celestial space.
Françoise was a French scientist who discovered HIV or Human Immunodefiency Virus as the cause of AIDS in the 1980s. In that time, people were having an epidemic called ‘AIDS’ commonly among gay men. Françoise looked for laboratories to have her researches and was repeatedly declined. Her mentor, Luc Montagnier was alongside her when they both discovered HIV. She won a Nobel Peace Prize for her discovery and is the President of the International AIDS Society.
Marie Curie discovered the element Radium; in which she also discovered the term “radioactive” to describe the materials. Together with her husband, Pierre, they mixed and tested different elements to find different radioactive chemicals. They discovered Polonium and so many others. Marie died of aplastic anemia, which was caused by too much radiation. Marie Curie conquered the world of science; not only Chemistry, but also in Physics. She is the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, the first woman to get a Physics Nobel Prize and the first person to get a Nobel Peace Prize twice. Now, why can’t we be like that?