20th century, Science

Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini: the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor

By Pandora Dewan Rita Levi-Montalcini was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with her colleague Stanley Cohen, for their discovery of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in 1986. This protein was the first described growth factor, a term for the biological mediators involved in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, survival, and function.… Continue reading Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini: the discovery of Nerve Growth Factor

20th century, Arts, Contemporary, Humanities, Science

100 Years On

A collection of important feminist dates to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Act which gave British women (over 30 with property qualifications) the ability to vote.

20th century, Science

Alice Ball and the Fight against Leprosy

By Ellen Pasternack. Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, has always carried a lot of stigma. Viewed as lost causes at best, and dangerous disease spreaders at worst, sufferers have long been treated as social pariahs. With a name coming from the Greek λέπρα, meaning ‘a disease that makes the skin scaly’ due to the… Continue reading Alice Ball and the Fight against Leprosy

17th century, Humanities, Science

Counterpart Lives: Margaret Cavendish and Lady Anne Conway

By Alice Theobald Margaret Cavendish is chiefly remembered today for being the pioneer of the science-fiction genre with her innovative work The Blazing-World of 1666. However, she also wrote prolifically on political and philosophical matters, championing a pioneering materialism and progressive method of natural philosophy. Published in the same year as her fictional work, Cavendish’s… Continue reading Counterpart Lives: Margaret Cavendish and Lady Anne Conway

20th century, Science

What was a girl to do? Rachel Parsons (1885–1956): engineer and feminist campaigner

By Henrietta Heald What was a girl to do in the year 1900 if she wanted to become an engineer? It helped to have a father called Charles Parsons, whose creation of the steam turbine had marked him out as an inventive genius – to say nothing of a star-gazing grandfather who had built a… Continue reading What was a girl to do? Rachel Parsons (1885–1956): engineer and feminist campaigner