Famous Female Scientists

Can you guess these famous women who made significant advancements in various fields of science?
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Last updated: January 25, 2023
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Studied and cared for chimpanzees in Tanzania
Jane Goodall
Calculated orbits for space flights at NASA
Katherine Johnson
Became the first female doctor in the US
Elizabeth Blackwell
Helped to discover the structure of DNA
Rosalind Franklin
Discovered chemical elements such as polonium
Marie Curie
Exposed the harmful effects of pesticides like DDT
Rachel Carson
Developed what is often considered the first computer program
Ada Lovelace
Discovered fossils in England, contributing to paleontology
Mary Anning
Developed radio guidance system during WW2; she was also an actress
Hedy Lamarr
Became the first woman to fly in space; from the Soviet Union
Valentina Tereshkova
Became the first American woman to fly in space
Sally Ride
Co-discovered the role of CRISPR Cas9 in gene editing
Jennifer Doudna
Emmanuelle Charpentier
Studied meiosis and gene transposition in maize plants
Barbara McClintock
Worked as experimental physicist and contributed to Manhattan Project
Chien-Shiung Wu
Helped to discover nuclear fission and the element protactinium
Lise Meitner
Level 71
Jan 24, 2023
Sorry if some of the answers are a bit obscure, but I tried to make this quiz about both recognizing very famous figures (like Marie Curie and Sally Ride) and less famous figures that deserve more recognition. Let me know if you have any that you would like me to add!
Level 88
Jan 25, 2023
Nice quiz!

With respect to Sally Ride, I think it would be better to have Valentina Tereshkova on here, since she was the first woman in space, predating Ride (the 3rd woman in space) by 20 years.

Level 71
Jan 25, 2023
Thanks for the suggestion! Agreed that Tereshkova would be a good addition, so I added her. I still included Sally Ride though because I think she is more well-known in the US and also because she is quite accomplished herself.