Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 30, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 30, 2024 

 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 30, 2024 

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ALL THINGS By Jeff Brown 


Marie Curie (1867–1934): A pioneering physicist and chemist, Curie conducted new research on 
radioactivity, discovered polonium and radium, and the only person to win Nobel Prizes in two 
different scientific fields (Physics and Chemistry).

Rosalind Franklin (1920–1958): An English chemist and X-ray crystallographer, Franklin made 
critical contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, 
and graphite.

Barbara McClintock (1902–1992): An American cytogeneticist, McClintock won the Nobel Prize in 
Physiology or Medicine in 1983 for her discovery of genetic transposition.

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852): Regarded as the world's first computer programmer, Lovelace wrote algorithms 
for Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine, 
and her notes on the engine's operation contained the first algorithm intended to be processed by 
a machine.

Jane Goodall (1934– ): A British primatologist and anthropologist, Goodall is renowned for her 
groundbreaking studies of chimpanzee behavior in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park, which 
transformed understanding of primate behavior.

Sally Ride (1951–2012): An American astronaut and physicist, Ride was the first American woman 
in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. She later became a prominent advocate for 
science education, particularly for girls.

Mae Jemison (1956– ): An American engineer, physician, and astronaut, Jemison became the first 
African American woman to travel in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912–1997): A Chinese-American experimental physicist, Wu made significant 
contributions to the Manhattan Project during World War II and later conducted groundbreaking 
experiments which earned her the nickname "the First Lady of Physics."

Rachel CarsonAn American biologist who wrote about environmental pollution and the natural 
history of the sea. Her 1962 book Silent Spring is considered one of the most influential books in 
the modern environmental movement.

Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968– ) and Jennifer Doudna (1964– ): These two scientists jointly developed 
the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, which has revolutionized the field of genetics and 
molecular biology, offering new possibilities for treating genetic diseases.

Mary-Claire King (1946– ): An American geneticist, King made contributions to the field of genetics, 
including the discovery of the BRCA1 gene, which is associated with increased risk of breast and 
ovarian cancer, and her work on human genome mapping and forensic genetics.

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