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. Jedidah Isler – Astrophysicist

“Science changed me, and allows me to make contributions to the world and everyone, regardless of their identity should have that right”. – Dr. Jedidah Isler, Black Holes, Blazars, and Women of Color in Science|Nat Geo Live, [9].


Dr. Jedidah C. Isler. Source: [2.1]

Name: Dr. Jedidah C. Isler

Born: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States


BS Physics, Magna Cum Laude, Norfolk State University

MA Physics, Fisk University

MS Physics, Yale University

PhD in Astronomy, Yale University

Occupation: Researcher in Astrophysics, consultant on ethnic diversity in STEM – focusing on black women in physics.


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Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche – Nuclear Physicist

Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche

“Strength is acquired through endurance over time.” – Dr. Baccouche [8]


Dr. Baccouche. Source: [3]

Name: Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche

Life: Born 1976/1977 (42 or 43 years old at time of writing)

Born: Tunisia


BS Physics, Hampton University

MS Physics, College of William and Mary

PhD Theoretical Nuclear Physics, University of Maryland, College Park

Occupation: Nuclear Physicist, Filmmaker


Who is Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche?

Dr. Baccouche is a formally trained nuclear physicist, focusing primarily on theoretical nuclear physics. In addition to this she is a science media producer via her media production company: AZIZA Productions, which focuses on communicating science to the lay public through film and television.

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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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Prof. Mercedes T. Richards – Stellar Astronomer

Professor Mercedes Richards 

“It’s important to me that I can convey that sense of excitement to my students. I want them to realise it’s not just book learning, that there is a sense of adventure and a sense of discovery in every aspect of astronomy.” – Professor Mercedes T. Richards commenting on the importance of passion in teaching.


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Professor Richards. Source: [3][11]
Name: Mercedes Tharam Richards (née Davis)

Life: 14/05/1955 – 03/02/2016 (65 years)

Born: Kingston, Jamaica


BSc Physics, University of the West Indies (1977)

MS Space Science, York University, Toronto (1979)

PhD Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto (1986)

Research Areas:

Binary Star SystemsCataclysmic Variables

Occupation: Researcher, Lecturer and Professor in Physics, Astronomy and Stellar Astrophysics.

A copy of her CV can be viewed online here: [14], or downloaded here: [Curriculum Vitae for MERCEDES T. RICHARDS][14]

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