Smashing stereotypes this British Science Week

The 5th – 14th March 2021 is British Science Week, which is a ten day celebration of all things science, technology, engineering and maths.

This year, British Science Week is challenging stereotypes in science and celebrating the diversity of those working in STEM careers, by sharing the stories of the inspiring individuals working in laboratories, innovation centres, universities and everywhere else across the world.

During the past year more than ever, it has been proved to us as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic just how important science and medicine are. The demand for laboratory scientists and those working behind-the-scenes on vaccines, ventilators and diagnostic equipment has grown exponentially – echoed within LinkedIn’s latest Emerging Jobs Report.

In honour of this week, we’re smashing stereotypes and sharing our ‘Women in Industry’ series that was first launched in 2018. Our series honours and tells the stories of science and technology pioneers, who also happen to be women, and celebrates the incredible discoveries and achievements they have contributed.

Get to know more about them below.

Sameera Moussa

Sameera Moussa, born 3rd March 1917, was a Nuclear Physicist who dedicated her life to making nuclear technology accessible for medical use. She once claimed she wanted to make nuclear treatment as cheap as Aspirin.

Sameera excelled in her primary and secondary education, eventually winning a place at Cairo University where she joined the Faculty of Sciences to study for a BSc in Radiology. She finished her degree with First Class Honours and followed up this triumph with a doctorate in Atomic Radiation. She later became a lecturer and assistant professor at the university, the first woman to hold such a post there.

A photo of Sameera Moussa

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr is perhaps best known for her successful career as an actress during the 1930s, but what many don’t know is that she was also an accomplished engineer and inventor.

During the Second World War, she was the co-inventor of a frequency hopping device used to remotely guide torpedoes. In 1962 the communication technology was installed on U.S. ships that were sent to blockade Cuba. Today, the ‘frequency hopping’ technology has been integral in creating GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

A photo of Hedy Lamarr

Mary Kenneth Keller

Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the USA, and was also a Nun.

She studied at some of the most prestigious universities in America and worked in the Computer Science Centre workshop in Dartmouth College (a male only institute at the time). During her time there she assisted in the development of the BASIC computer language, which completely changed the nature of custom computer code and made computing accessible to most of the population.

A picture of Mary Kenneth Keller
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