Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a dedicated to celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and math and encouraging more women and girls to become get involved in those areas.
But John Graham Cumming writes:
Every year when Ada Lovelace Day comes along I find myself disappointed that Lovelace has been chosen as the symbolic ‘woman in science’ because her contribution is minimal, the claims about her are overblown and there’s a much better role model who really contributed a lot: Marie Curie.
Full Story: John Graham Cumming: Marie Curie Day
Interesting thoughts though I hope this doesn’t lead to a pointless rivalry — the important thing is to encourage is to get more people involved in STEM, not to fight about which women were more important.
October 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm
The biography of Marie Curie by Susan Quinn is now available as an eBook Marie Curie: A Life