Written Out of History: Meet these Forgotten Women Whose Work in STEM had been Credited to Men Pt. 2
By Arielle Arbel, Executive Blog Director
Lise Meitner, Nuclear Physics (1878-1968)
Mary Anning, Fossil hunter & Paleontologist (1799-1847)
Image courtesy of The Times
To bring an additional income to her family, Mary Anning spent her youth unearthing fossils in her native hometown of Dorset, England. At age 12, Anning unearthed several fossils whose contributions would forever change science as it was once known. The skeletons of an ichthyosaur and two plesiosaurs as well as Anning’s faultless observations led to a new approach to the origins of natural history. In fact, Mary Anning’s work directly laid the foundation of well-known scientist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Unfortunately, due to her gender, Mary Anning was “neither allowed to pursue a career in science nor eligible to join the Geological Society of London, despite having many scientists throughout Europe and America seek her consultation in matters of prehistoric anatomy and fossils” (Pak, 2020). Only years after her death in 1847, was Mary Anning finally credited for her significant contributions to science.
Maria Merian, Entomologist & Scientific Illustrator (1647-1717)
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