The celebration of International Women’s Day in March brings into focus exemplary women in science. To this day, the great discoveries and feats of such female achievers are commemorated. The scientific world likewise commends the noteworthy contributions of determined women today in diverse fields of science.
Names like Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie, British primatologist Jane Goodall, and English chemist Rosalind Franklin (who made possible the feat of contributing knowledge to the model of DNA in the early 1950s) all ring a ball. Alongside these extraordinary achievers were women who devoted their lives studying and developing techniques that aided many people’s lives.
Some Unsung Heroes
Indeed, for every female scientist whose work has been recognized and celebrated, there are a thousand others who are little known despite their achievements or sadly forgotten. Among the unsung women of science was Italian neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012), who discovered the nerve growth factor when she moved to the U.S. after the war. The nerve growth factor is crucial to the development and survival of nerve cells.