By Defne ’23
On Saturday, 11 February, we will be celebrating the 8th International Day for Women and Girls in Science.
In light of this occasion, we have asked women in science from the Halcyon community to share inspirational women in STEM they think you should know about! So, here’s our list…
Amelia (Grade 12):
“Ada Lovelace and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin”
Ada Lovelace is “considered to be the first programmer” by many. During the 19th century, she wrote on Babbage’s analytical engine, what was planned to be a mechanical computer, although it was never built at her time. Her notes are said to have inspired Alan Turing’s computer work in the 1940s.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was a 20th century astronomer who worked on variable stars. She was the one “who discovered that stars are mostly made of hydrogen and helium”. However, she was told by Henry Noris Russel that she should refrain…
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