Marion Sewer

Marion Sewer (1972-2016) was a pharmacologist and Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)'s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences known for her research on steroid hormone biogenesis and her commitment to increasing diversity in science. She died unexpectedly at the age of 43 from a pulmonary embolism and the American...

Herta Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton was the first woman proposed as a Fellow of the Royal Society – I say “proposed as” not “elected” because the proposal was rejected because of her gender. It’s pointless to try to fit Ayrton into a single “category” – she wasn’t an inventor or a physicist or a mathematician or an...

Elisa Izaurralde

Portrait of Elisa Izaurralde 2016, Constance Brukin Elisa Izaurralde (1959 – 2018). For the second week in a row, our WiSE Wednesday profile honors the life of a female scientist we lost much too soon. We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of this Uruguayan biochemist and molecular biologist known for her...

Susan Williams

This #WiSEWednesday we honor Susan Williams, an amazing marine ecologist and environmental activist whose life was tragically cut short last week by a car accident. Williams researched marine coastal ecosystems (in particular seagrass, seaweed, and coral reef habitats) and how they are affected by human activities. She was a strong advocate for environmental protection,...

Youyou Tu

Youyou Tu received the 2015 Nobel Award in Medicine “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria” – and, while the drug she developed may be novel, she drew inspiration from centuries-old traditional Chinese medicine. Tu was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China in 1930. A serious battle with tuberculosis as a teenager inspired...

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