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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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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Prof. Chien-Shiung Wu – Nuclear Researcher

Prof. Chien-Shiung Wu

“These were moments of exhilaration and ecstasy! A glimpse of this wonder can be the reward of a lifetime. Could it be that excitement and ennobling feelings like these have kept us scientists marching forward forever?” -Chien-Shiung Wu on her discovery of parity violation in the weak interaction



Professor Wu Source: https://goo.gl/EP4XtC

Name: Prof. Chien-Shiung Wu

Life: 31/05/1912 – 16/02/1997 (died aged 84) [1]


Physics (transferred from mathematics), National Central University (later renamed Nanjing University) [1][2]

Graduate level study at the Institute of Physics of the Academia Sinica [1][2]

Ph.D: Nuclear Physics, Berkley [1][2]

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