Mary Ward

Mary Ward, an Irish microscopist, illustrator, and popular science writer, died on Aug. 31, 1869, in a memorable accident that we will discuss below.  But first, her life. Ward showed scientific interests early on, as well as artistic ability, and when her father...

Elizebeth Smith Friedman

Elizebeth Smith Friedman, an American cryptanalyst, was born Aug. 26, 1892.  Elizebeth was America’s first great codebreaker.  We will refer to her as Elizebeth is this post, because her husband, William Friedman, was a cryptanalyst as well, so we will avoid...

Marguerite Perey

Marguerite Perey, a French radiochemist, was born Oct. 19. 1909. Perey came from a middle-class family on the outskirts of Paris.  She wanted to become a physician, but her family could not afford the cost.  Instead, she attended a vocational school for laboratory...

Making Space: Women Who Have Shown Us the Stars

Throughout history, women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to astronomy through their work to disseminate observations and discoveries with visualizations and publications. Join astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Héloïse Stevance and Linda Hall Library’s new assistant curator of rare books and manuscripts Dr. Jamie Cumby to discover and celebrate the important contributions women past and present have made to astronomy, including highlights from the Library’s extensive astronomical collection.