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Women’s History Month – Hertha Marks Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) was a distinguished British scientist who was the first woman to receive the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society for a scientific work that was exclusively her…

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Women’s History Month – Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) was an American mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and a computer technology pioneer. She helped devise UNIVAC 1, the first commercial electronic computer, and…

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Women’s History Month – Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke (1883-1959) was a pioneer in electrical engineering who used math to improve our understanding of power transmission. She was the first professionally employed female electrical engineer and the first…

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Women’s History Month – Hedy Lamar

Most people know Hedy Lamar as an Austrian-born American actress and film producer who appeared in 30 films over her 28-year career. But Lamar was also a pioneer in the…

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Black History month – George Carruthers

In this final week of Black History Month, we remember a local hero who passed away on December 26, 2020. Dr. George Carruthers was an African American astrophysicist, scientist, engineer,…

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Black History Month – Garrett Morgan

What do a sewing machine, hair-straightening product, breathing device, friction drive clutch, gas mask, and a traffic light have in common? They were all invented by African-American inventor Garrett Morgan….

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Black History Month – Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999) was a 43-year-old African-American nurse who worked long hours before returning home to Jamaica Queens in New York City. Neighborhood crime was high, her husband…

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Black History Month – Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) was an African-American inventor, electrical pioneer, and a son of fugitive slaves. With no access to formal education, Latimer taught himself mechanical drawing while in the…

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