Monthly Archives: June 2008

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and the Crystallography Quest

By Navaratnarajah Kuganathan With a career spanning six decades British chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin had a huge impact in the world of science and beyond. Her determination by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances won her the … Continue reading

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“From a young woman eager to learn to an old woman expected to know”:

Elizabeth Colson’s love affair with anthropology By Gaynor Cohen It was in 1978, at Stanford University in California that I was directed to the tiny lady on the other side of the crowded room. Could this really be the legendary … Continue reading

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A Homage to Grace Jones: Icon of Incoherence

By Kate Kingsbury Grace Jones has gained international fame both within the music industry and on screen due to her androgynous image which challenges gender stereotypes and questioning of racial norms. It has been difficult for women in the music … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe and Virginia Woolf

By Claire Thomas The closest that the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and the English writer Virginia Woolf physically came was in the pages of the May 1925 volume of the modernist literary magazine, The Dial. Images of O’Keeffe’s twin works, … Continue reading

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A Buried Woman of Egyptology

By Megan Price Sarah Belzoni was an extraordinary woman. Between 1815 and 1819 she travelled to Egypt, supporting her husband Giovanni Battista Belzoni who was attempting to find employment in Cairo. Their voyage to Egypt was a symptom of the … Continue reading

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The Second Sex

By EJ Tritton Simone de Beauvoir has often been described as the ‘mother’ of modern feminism, and her most famous work, Le Deuxieme Sexe (published in 1949) as its ‘Bible’. Yet ‘Feminism’ is a remarkably ambiguous concept. Wikipedia defines it … Continue reading

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Irene Joliot-Curie: Pioneer of Atomic Science

By Harriet Teare Irene Joliot-Curie’s success as a scientist, principally involved in continuing the investigation into artificial radiation, rivalled even that of her mother, Marie. This article intends to briefly explore some of the outstanding science that led this woman, … Continue reading

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the Harvard Computers

By Melanie O’Sullivan ‘What a variable star ‘fiend’ Miss Leavitt is, one can’t keep up with the roll of the new discoveries.’- Charles Young of Princeton, to Edward Pickering in a letter. The director of the Harvard College Observatory, Edward … Continue reading

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