4000 Years of Women in Science

4000 Years of Women in Science

The Exultation to Inanna Tablet, Nippur
C. 1750 B. C. E.”
from the University of Pennsylvania
Museum, Philadelphia (Neg. #S8-80401)

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  • 4,000 years of women in science, in technology and other altogether creative stuff!
    Did you know that? Science is a traditional role for women.
    Dr. Deborah Crocker at the University of Alabama and
    Dr. Sethanne Howard retired from the US Naval Observatory maintain this site.
    They are both astronomers. They dedicate this site to all those wonderful women of our past.

    “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or
    opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
    Helen Keller

    We wish we could research in depth all the women listed.
    There is just too much information and too little time!
    As we learn more, we add it to this page.
    Please share what you know with us. Inventors, scholars and writers as well as mathematicians and
    astronomers are welcome.
    We hope you enjoy learning about some of these women, and that you use this page to
    start your own interests in the history of women and their technical contributions.
    If you don’t find the woman you are looking for in the historical lists,
    perhaps she is

    Follow the 20th
    century women link
    and find out.

    4000 Years of Women in Science presents the Living
    Witch of Agnesi
    . This animated GIF illustrates the curve known as the
    Witch of Agnesi that was studied by Maria

    Updated on March 1, 2008.

    Now biographies are listed by discipline. Start at the Biographies
    where you can branch to the newly ordered list.

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    In the twentieth century many more women could be added to this list. We’re
    in the process of deciding how to included them without overloading with
    the amount of information that would add.

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