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Scientist Paper Dolls: The Full Collection

You wanted the set, you got the set! Download your favorites by clicking on their faces. (Please contact us  to make requests for new paper dolls you’d like to see!) Erwin Schrödinger by Steve This is the paper doll that got this project started in 2011! Way back when, Steve said, “A …


Ada Lovelace and the Curious Practice of Programming for Non-Existent Computers (Women in Science 45)

What did Ada Lovelace do? She is one of the most fetishized scientists today – at conventions when I’m taking sketch commissions she ranks just behind Tesla (speaking of massively if justifiably fetishized historical figures) and Newton as my most requested scientist.  But when I ask Why Ada Lovelace, I …


Guns N Taxonomy: The Vertebrate Biology of Annie Alexander (Women in Science 44)

As a rule, our favorite flavors of scientist are the theoretical and experimental – we tend to like them either sitting in a chair creating beautiful abstractions from nothing or heroically chained to an elaborate apparatus, wrenching the universe’s secrets from its reluctant clutches.  And those are marvelous ways of …


First: The Astrophysics and Astronautics of Sally Ride. (Women in Science 43)

Heroes are supposed to be monodimensional, startling and exceptional in one narrow aspect of life and a complex, barely functioning mess when it comes to everything else.  It makes us comfortable as normal humans – “Well, I might not have written Der Ring des Nibelungen, but at least I’m not …

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Gotta Formalin ’em All: The Marine Biology of Eugenie Clark, The Shark Lady. (Women in Science 42)

To the uninitiated, there seems a dizzying amount of carnage wrapped up in advancing biological knowledge. Every scrap of information that we have about the function of an unknown organ or curious behavior of an obscure species is usually bought in the coin of death. Sometimes, that knowledge lets us …

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Corralling the Light Elements: The Nuclear Spectroscopy of Fay Ajzenberg-Selove (Women in Science 41)

In the opening days of the Nazi attack on France, a Jewish engineer took his family aside and instructed them on how to commit suicide by slitting their wrists, explaining that death by one’s own hand was more honorable than what would happen to them if they fell to the …

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Quantizing the Nucleus: Maria Goeppert-Mayer and the Creation of Nuclear Shell Theory (Women in Science 40)

How does radioactive decay know when to stop? When Uranium-238 breaks up, it goes through twenty-two intermediate isotopes before finally coming to rest at Lead-206, but why remain there? What’s so special about Lead-206, or Calcium-48, or any of the other isotopes that nature seems to particularly favor? The answer …

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Lymph, There It Is: Florence Sabin, Pioneer Woman of Medical Research (Women in Science 39)

For women in science, posterity has three fates in store. Some, like Marie Curie or Rosalyn Yalow, are recognized in their time and remain that way in the history books. Others, like Mary Anning or Marie Tharp, have to wait for later generations to rediscover them. And then there’s that …