“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
“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.
“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.
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