International Women’s Day: Twelve women in chemistry


8 March is International Women’s Day – to mark the occasion last year, I madethis image highlighting twelve famous women in chemistry history. Since then a number of people have pointed out it would be great to have an image for female chemists who are actually alive, too, and so here it is!

I’m very grateful to followers of Compound Interest on Facebook and Twitter for their suggestions of chemists to include in this graphic. While I couldn’t include all of the suggestions, I’ve certainly got further names for a future additional one! It’s certain there will be some chemists omitted that people would have like to see featured; if that’s the case, please do let me know in the comments below.

The summaries in the graphic are necessarily succinct to allow as many chemists to be included as possible. However, if you do want to find out more about any of the chemists featured, I’ve linked some articles of interest below:




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