20th century, Contemporary, Humanities

Elinor Ostrom and Economic Governance

By Eleanor Connolly. This year Elinor Ostrom became the first ever female recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Ostrom's win was revolutionary for her gender, but more importantly because the research she was awarded for has overturned commonly held assumptions about basic human economic interaction. The prize was shared Oliver E. Williamson for… Continue reading Elinor Ostrom and Economic Governance

20th century, Science

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 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and earned her a place in history as one of the… Continue reading Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and the Crystallography Quest

20th century, Science

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, as part of a collaboration of husband and wife, to some of the extraordinary findings… Continue reading Irene Joliot-Curie: Pioneer of Atomic Science

20th century, Science

Lise Meitner : The Nucleus of Fission

By Nicola Davies 'In terms of 19th century stereotypes or rhetorical idealizations, a woman scientist was a contradiction in terms... Women scientists were thus caught between two almost mutually exclusive stereotypes: as scientists, they were atypical women; as women they were unusual scientists.' Lise Meitner's name is to many an unfamiliar one, occasionally found somewhere… Continue reading Lise Meitner : The Nucleus of Fission

20th century, Science

Jocelyn Bell and the Lighthouses of the Sky

By Maddie Geddes-Barton In 1967 Bell was working on her PhD in astronomical physics: the study of outer space. The specific aim of her research was to test a new radio telescope designed mainly by her supervisor Anthony Hewish. The Cavendish team of astronomers working on the project were specifically interested in searching for quasars.… Continue reading Jocelyn Bell and the Lighthouses of the Sky