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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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. George Carruthers – Astronomical Engineer

Dr. George Carruthers

“I had no role models because nobody ever publicised them, not that they didn’t exist. George Washington Carver and Percy [Lavon] Julian and others had preceded me in science, but nobody ever publicised their accomplishments, and, therefore, many of the minority students didn’t know that they had a future in science because they figured it was something that was not for them.” – Dr. Carruthers on the lack of publicity POC scientists get for their achievements.


George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers. Source:

Name: George Robert Carruthers

Life: 1/10/39 – Present 


B.Sc: Aeronautical Engineering, University of Illinois

M.Sc: Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois

Ph.D: Aeronautical and astronomical engineering, University of Illinois

Occupation:  Inventor, Physicist and Space Scientist

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