Dr Marie Maynard Daly – Biochemist

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

-Dr Marie Daly on the bravery required to push the frontiers of science and equality


Name: Marie Maynard Daly

Life: April 16th 1921 – October 28th 2003 (died aged 82)

Degrees: B.S. Queen’s College, Flushing, New York

M.S. New York University

P.h.D Columbia University

Occupation: Biochemist, first Black American woman in the United States to earn a P.h.D in chemistry


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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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Dr. Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Sameera Moussa

“I’ll make nuclear treatment as available and as cheap as Aspirin.” – Dr. Sameera Moussa commenting on the goals of her research.


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Name: Dr. Sameera Moussa

Life: 03/03/1917 – 05/08/1952 (Age 35)

Born: Gharbia Governorate, North Egypt

Died: Pacific Coast, San Francisco, United States

Occupation: Nuclear Physicist, Medical Physicist

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Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal – HIV/AIDS

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal

“Working with this virus is like putting your hand in a treasure chest.  Every time you put your hand in, you pull out a gem.”- Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal referencing her work with HIV and AIDS.


Dr. Wong-Staal. Source: https://goo.gl/1r858g

Name: Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal

Life: 27/08/1947 – Present (70 years old at time of writing).

Degree: Bs Bacteriology, UCLA

PhD: Molecular Biology, UCLA

Occupation: Virologist + Molecular biologist

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Alice Ball – Treating Leprosy

Alice Ball

“It cannot be denied that our people, through force of circumstance, occupy a peculiar status in this country. We are not thoroughly known,” – James P. Ball Jr., Father of Alice Ball, The Colored Citizen.



Image of Alice Ball from the UW Tyee Yearbook. Source: https://sop.washington.edu/uwsop-alumni-legend-alice-ball-class-of-1914-solved-leprosy-riddle/

Name: Alice Augusta Ball

Life: 24/07/1892 – 31/12/1916 (24 years)

Born: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Died: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Occupation: Chemistry Professor

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