Sudha Murthy – Computer scientist, engineer and philanthropist

“I went there on the stage and the 3,000 of them, who were now leading normal lives, wanted to hear from me and I was absolutely speechless. The tears started to flow and I quoted a shloka (passage) from Ramayana: ‘God… don’t make me rich, don’t make me beautiful, don’t make me a queen. If at all you want to give me anything, give me a soft heart and a strong hand, so I can wipe the tears of others.’ At that moment, I realised why I was born, and it gave me a tremendous amount of peace.”Sudha Murthy on her speech to a group of 3000 rehabilitated sex workers, whom she helped escape abuse through her philanthropic efforts


Sudha Murthy in front of the Infosys Foundation logo [11]
Name: Sudha Murthy (born Kulkarni)

Life: Born 19th August 1950 (age 69), Karnataka


B.E. in Electrical Engineering (KLE Technological University)

M.E. in Computer Science (Indian Institute of Science)

Occupation: Computer scientist and engineer, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation [1][2][4]

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Fatima al-Fahiri and The Al-Qarawiyyin University

Fatima al-Fahiri and The Al-Qarawiyyin University


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Artist’s depection of Fatima al-Fihiri. Source:[14]
Name: Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriya Al-Qurashiya

Life: 800 C.E. – 880 C.E. (Died aged 80)

Known for: Establishing the oldest existing and currently operating educational institution to award degrees


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How to get a PhD in STEM by a black and a brown woman

The following PDF contains information regarding how to survive the application/interview process when trying to obtain a PhD placement in STEM, and includes information about the journey of two members of POC2 during their application process. Continue reading “How to get a PhD in STEM by a black and a brown woman”

Dr. Kalpana Chawla – Astronaut

Dr. Kalpana Chawla

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” – Dr. Kalpana Chawla



Name: Kalpana Chawla

Life: March 16 1972  –  February 1st 2003 (died aged 40 in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster)


BEng: Aeronautical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College (Chandigargh, India)

MS: (1) Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

 (2) Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

PhD: Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Occupation: Astronaut (flew on Space Shuttle Columbia as Mission Specialist), space scientist, aeronautical and aviation engineer

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Abd al-Sūfī and Observational Astrophysics in Ancient Islam.

Abd al-Sūfī

“I have seen many people delve into the knowledge of the fixed stars… However they adopted latitudes and longitudes they found in books. They then drew them on the globe without knowing which was false and which was true” – Abd al-Sūfī commenting on the reliability of star calalogues 


Name: Abd al-Raḥmān, Abū al-Ḥusaīn, Ibn ‘Umar, Ibn Muḥammad, Ibn Sahl al-Rāzī. [5, Page 46]

Other Names:  Abū al-Ḥusaīn al-Sūfī [5, page 46]

Abd al-Raḥmān al-Sūfī

Life: 7/12/903 – 25/05/986 (83 years)

Born: Rey, Buyid Persia

Died: Shiraz, Buyid Persia

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