Mothers of innovation: 12 women engineers and scientists to know

-March 20, 2015

It's Women's History Month here in the United States, so let's talk history.

On the following pages and links below, you'll find a list of 12 women who have made significant contributions to engineering, science, technology, and mathematics. Many reading this will know some of the women named here, maybe even all, but I hope you learn something about these inspiring women. They are mothers of innovation and STEM exploration, whose work has influenced the course of humanity and who have pioneered new fields like Tesla, Moore, and other engineers, whom history also often forgets.

Click through and be sure to let us know what other women engineers and scientists of note we can add to the list in the comments field below.

  1. Grace Murray Hopper: Mother of COBOL
  2. Betty Holberton: From ENIAC to minicomputers
  3. Ada Lovelace: First computer programmer
  4. Katherine Johnson: NASA 'computers in skirts'
  5. Margaret Hamilton: Apollo 11 savior
  6. Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Radio pulsars
  7. Lise Meitner: Nuclear fission
  8. Emmy Noether: Noether's theorem
  9. Henrietta Swan Leavitt: Galaxy distance
  10. Hedy Lamar: Wireless pioneer
  11. Vera Rubin: Cluster galaxies
  12. Valentina Tereshkova: First woman in space
  13. Honorable mentions

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Editor's note: This article was updated on March 8, 2017.


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