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.

Grace Frankland

Grace Coleridge Frankland, an English microbiologist, died Oct. 5, 1946, at the age of 85.  Born Grace Toynbee, she married a bacteriologist, Percy Frankland, who was the son of the notable chemist Edward Frankland.  Beginning in 1887, she co-wrote a number...

Making Space: Pioneering Women in Aerospace

The year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of 19th amendment’s ratification. To acknowledge this important anniversary, discover the untold story of women in aviation and space exploration.

Suor Maria Celeste

Suor Maria Celeste, nee Virginia Galilei, was “born of fornication,” according to the San Lorenzo parish registry, in the city of Padua, on August 13, 1600, and baptized the following week. Identified only as “Virginia, daughter of Marina from Venice,” the infant was...