Ada Lovelace Day: Women in the history of science, medicine and technology

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Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day 2011. The brief:

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!

I randomly collected links that I liked during the day on my Tumblr blog, but there were so many good historically-minded ones I thought I’d round them up here.

Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy

Five Historic Female Mathematicians You Should Know | Surprising Science

the ongoing saga of minouette: Madame Wu and the Violation of Parity
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997), Chinese-born American physicist

Ada Lovelace Day: Emmy Noether and Symmetry, Revisited « Galileo’s Pendulum
mathematician Emmy Noether (1882-1935)

Daughters of Urania | The Renaissance Mathematicus
17th-century female astronomers.

Medicine

For Ada Lovelace Day: Lucy Wills « Stuff And Nonsense
haematologist who discovered folate (folic acid)

Florence Seibert, PhD, receiving National Achievement Award from Mrs. Eleanor D. Roosevelt for her work on tuberculosis, 1944.

Technology

For Ada Lovelace Day: Jane Coe | Mercurius Politicus
Jane Coe, 17th century printer.

early modern women printers: an Ada Lovelace post » Wynken de Worde

Beulah Henry: “I invent because I cannot help it” « Public Historian
Prolific inventor Beulah Louise Henry (1887-1973).

For Ada Lovelace Day: Eleanor Coade – Georgian London
renowned artificial stone manufacturer and ceramic artist

Computing

Ada Lovelace and the Luddites. | Doing Good Science, Scientific American Blog Network

Longitude, ladies and computers – Board of Longitude blog
Mary Edwards, a ‘human’ computer

It’s Ada Lovelace Day! | AXON
Daphne Oram, electronic music pioneer

Don’t look for meanings, count mentions – PHP/ir
Karen Spärck Jones – natural language processing, machine translation, and search

Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson « Valerie Aurora
Parallel processing expert and first African-American woman electrical engineering PhD in the U.S.

Ada Lovelace Day: Susan Hockey « Bethany Nowviskie
a digital humanities pioneer and mentor

Sources and stories

Captivated by Science, Mathematics, and Imagination: An 18th Century Lady’s Commonplace Book

Early Modern Thought Online: The Blog: Learned Women in Early Modernity: Forgotten Sources

Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment by Patricia Fara « The Sleepless Reader
Book review.

Ada Lovelace Day
historical and personal perspectives from Ian Hopkinson

Ada Lovelace Day 2011: Telling Stories « Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
including the WRENs who worked at Bletchley Park