Women Who Changed The World Before Their 30s

 May 14, 2018

The Spanish media recently reported a list of unknown global women who have changed the world before their 30s in different scientific fields.

According to the report, there are not only men such as Bill Gates and Lawrence Edward who have made earth-shattering achievements when young, but some women who have also changed the world before their 30s, with no way for the public to know.

The Spanish Izvestia Website reported a book How To Change The World Before Your 30s on March 25, which introduced several great women that have changed the world before this age.

Olivia Sabco (1562-1622): Changed Medical Philosophy

Spanish woman Olivia Sabco was the first to gain information from real-life practice and her thought propelled the scientific revolution.

When she was 24, she delivered her work The New Philosophy of Human Nature to King Philip of Spain. In her book, she attacked the backward medical methods at that time, and affirmed the existence of psychological diseases.

Sabco also promoted musical therapy and affirmed the importance of hygiene and heredity. In addition, she recommended healthy lifestyle, physical exercise, a good living environment, and opposed overeating.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799): The First Woman to Compile a Math Book

Maria Gaetana Agnesi could speak seven languages fluently when she was just seven years old and was the first woman to write a book on mathematics. The book has been translated into many languages and appointed as the reference book for all universities in Europe.

Mary Anning (1799-1847): Female Indiana Jones

Mary Anning is the first acknowledged archaeologist, even though she was not trained academically.

She found and classified the ichthyosaur fossils, the earliest snake bones and lots of unknown fish and invertebrates at that time.

The Geological Society of London specially issued a commemorative poem when she passed away, which was also the first time a woman had been honored this way.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958): DNA would not be found without her research

When Rosalind Franklin was 15 years old, she was determined to become a scientist, and she therefore chose to study chemistry and physics at Cambridge University. Based on her majors, she improved the gas mask, but never forgot her final goal to discover the three-dimensional structure of DNA.

The "51 Photo" she took clearly showed the DNA double helix structure. However, despite being a champion fighting for equality between women and men, Franklin's great achievement wasn't recognized by others, and she was even fired from her position.

Due to long-time exposure to a radioactive environment, she died of cancer when she was 37 years old.

Only in 1992 was she recognized as the pioneer of molecular structures and DNA research.

Jocelyn Bell (1943-)

Jocelyn Bell was born into a Quaker family, however, she opposed the fact that women could only be assigned to study sewing and cooking. Finally, with the support of her family, she became the only woman studying physics at the University of Glasgow.

She found a strange star, which was later named "Pulsar". However, she did not win the Nobel Prize, which was given to Antony Hewish and Martin Lel, research group leaders on paper and radio astronomy.

However, Hewish also stressed Bell's contribution when he received the prize. Later, Bell began to carry out research on gamma rays and became the President of the Royal Astronomical Society.

She has also given advice to young women who want to master physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams constantly.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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