Top 5 Historical Women in Science

Marie Curie

(November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934)

Claim to Fame: Marie was a physicist and chemist who pioneered research on radioactivity and received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

(June 9, 1836 - December 17,1917)

Claim to Fame: The first Englishwoman to become a doctor and surgeon in Britain. She was also the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women. 

Ruth Benerito

(January 12, 1916 - October 5, 2013)

Claim to Fame: Love your wrinkle resistant cotton clothes? You have Ruth Benerito to thank since she was a chemist and the one to discover how to make wash and wear cotton cloth. 

Elizabeth Blackwell

(February 3, 1821 - May 31, 1910)

Claim to Fame: Elizabeth was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S and helped create the U.S Sanitary Commission after learning more about the 

Gertrude B. Elion

(January 23, 1918 - February 21, 1999)

Claim to Fame: Gertrude won and shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. She was an American biochemist and pharmacologist.