Specials Week

A portrait of Kalpana Chawla. The text reads "Astronaut, first woman of Indian descent to go into space".

Kalpana Chawla

Meet Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-born American astronaut and engineer. Being the first woman of Indian descent to go into space, she continues to inspire young girls everywhere.

A portrait of Rosalind Franklin with a strand of DNA running vertically across the centre of the image. The text reads "Chemist, pioneer in X-ray crystallography".

Rosalind Franklin

Sometimes called the Dark Lady of DNA, Rosalind Franklin (1920–1958) was a prolific researcher in multiple scientific fields. She’s best known for her contribution to discovering DNA’s structure—as well as the controversy surrounding it.

A portrait of Barbara McClintock picking out a chromosome from a cob of corn using a pair of tweezers. The text reads "Cytogeneticist, the discovery of transposons, the jumping genes".

Barbara McClintock

Meet Barbara McClintock, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who revolutionized the field of modern genetics. Although McClintock is unfortunately not as well-known as other scientists, her contributions to genetics are immeasurable.

A portrait of Maria Merian. The text reads "Naturalist, pioneer in scientific illustration".

Maria Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian is a long forgotten science illustrator, entomologist, and self-taught naturalist. In this article, we recount her story and achievements that have shaped the field of scientific illustration.

A portrait of Meemann Chang. The text reads "Palaeontologist, pioneer in the study of vertebrate fossil records".

Meemann Chang: The Rose of Chinese Science

Why have some creatures gone extinct and not others? And how did modern animals and plants come about from them? These are all questions that can be answered by looking into the past through fossils. Read about one of the modern pioneers of the field of paleontology: Dr. Meemann Chang.

A portrait of Alice Ball. The text reads "Chemist, pioneer in the treatment of leprosy".

Alice Ball

February 29th was Alice Ball day, named for an exceptional African-American chemist. She is best known for a technique she developed in 1915 to treat leprosy, which is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and nervous system and can often lead to disfigurement.