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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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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Katherine Johnson – Mathematician and Space Scientist

Katherine Johnson 


“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics”. – Katherine Johnson on the fundamentality of STEM



Name: Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson

Life: Born 26th August 1918 (100 years old at time of writing).


B.S.: (summa cum laude) in Mathematics and French, West Virginia State College

Occupation: Physicist and mathematician who is known for calculating the trajectories for many NASA missions.


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Dr. Mae Jemison – NASA Astronaut

Dr. Mae Jemison

“Space exploration was always something I wanted to do” – Dr. Mae Jemison during her TED Talk on how interstellar travel will require teams of individuals from multiple disciplines.


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Name: Dr. Mae Carol Jemison

Life: 17/10/18 – Present (62 Years)

Born: Decatur, Alabama, United States


BSc Chemical Engineering + enough credits to fulfill a B.A. in African and African American Studies, Stanford University

Doctorate Degree in Medicine, Cornell University

Occupation: Astronaut, Engineer, Physician, Dancer, Actor and Founder + President of two companies.

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