EXHIBITS: Breaking Into the Men's Club

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Science  05 Nov 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5698, pp. 951
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5698.951a

Today, women earn only about 13% of the physics Ph.D.s awarded in the United States—a percentage that was even smaller at the beginning of the 20th century. But as this site shows, not every eminent physicist from 50 or 100 years ago was named Albert, Robert, or Hans. The exhibit from the University of California, Los Angeles, profiles more than 80 women who excelled in the field from 1900 to 1976. The international roster of scientists includes Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910–94), who won the 1964 Nobel Prize in chemistry for her work on x-ray crystallography, and S. Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943-; see Science, 23 April, p. 489), who identified the first pulsars. The brief bios summarize each researcher's discoveries and list career highlights and key papers.


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