From Grace Hopper to Shirley Jackson: Women in Science Quiz
If you're surprised to see that there were and are extremely successful and groundbreaking female pioneers in scientific fields, you better take this quiz before you embarrass yourself. Brush up on these enterprising and ambitious women in science.
Agnodice is a (possibly mythical) figure who is said to be the first female to what?
study and practice medicine in Greece
conduct a research study
test on rodents
Mary Anning has been largely forgotten to history, but she made great contributions to what field of science?
Admiral Grace Hopper was a Navy officer who was also a pioneering what?
Roger Arliner Young was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in zoology. What year was she born?
Lise Meitner worked to discover nuclear fission, but her role was overlooked when her collaborators received what prize?
the Medal of Honor
Nobel Prize in chemistry
Ada Lovelace was a 19th century British aristocrat who is credited for describing what?
the first computer program
Rozsa Peter was a Hungarian mathematician and leading contributor to the special theory of …
May Edward Chinn was one of the first female African-American doctors in the nation and also became a researcher and advocate for what?
Lillian Gilbreth did pioneering work in industrial psychology and efficiency, along with engineering and management. Her family was also the model for what book?
"The Cat in the Hat"
"Little House on the Prairie"
"Cheaper by the Dozen"
James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins received a Nobel Prize for their work, but some argue that Rosalind Franklin, a fellow scientist, deserved just as much credit for her role in …
understanding cell structure
splitting the atom
identifying the structure of DNA
Emmy Noether helped develop a theorem that ties symmetry in nature to a corresponding conservation. But she also faced what challenge?
She was one of the first Jewish scientists fired in Weimar Republic.
She wasn't allowed to wear skirts.
She had to pretend to be married.
Maria Goeppert-Mayer won a Nobel Prize for nuclear shell structure research in 1963. What was her first field of study before nuclear physics?
Helen Sawyer Hogg brought what field to a broader audience?
Annie Jump Cannon worked with several other women to develop a star spectra classification. She was also the first woman to …
get a faculty position at Harvard
receive an honorary doctorate from Oxford
graduate from Princeton
Rosa Smith Eigenmann was the first woman allowed to take graduate classes at Harvard. What subject did she study?
Women were not allowed to attend France's Ecole Polytechnique in the late 18th century, but mathematician Sophie Germain got around that by …
befriending male students and persuading them to let her borrow their lecture notes
dressing up as a man
kidnapping a professor for lessons
Margaret Gray Blanton was a speech language pathologist who created a battery of speech, literacy and articulation tests. She also had what passion?
fiction and nonfiction writing
Gertrude Elion received what for her work pharmacology?
the first Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctorate for a female
the first female faculty position at Harvard
the Nobel Prize
When was the first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard?
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that stars are made mainly of what?
nitrogen and carbon dioxide
hydrogen and helium
hydrogen and nitrogen
Ida Hyde was a pioneering researcher in physiology, but she also devoted herself to …
advancing the careers of other women in science
Who was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT?
Jewel Plummer Cobb
Danish geologist Inge Lehmann discovered the inner core of Earth using seismic waves in what year?
Barbara McClintock's work studying genetic elements was first dismissed, but it eventually earned her the first Nobel Prize in medicine for a woman in what year?
Jane Goodall is famous for her work with …
Anthropologist Margaret Mead was introduced to a broad audience with her first book, titled what?
"Boys and Girls"
"Coming of Age in Samoa"
"Marriage and Status"
Maria Mitchell discovered what when she was 29 years old?
a stegosaurus bone
a new vitamin
Jewel Plummer Cobb studied skin cancer and cell division. But she also held what prestigious post?
chair of the biology department of New York University
president of California State University, Fullerton
Born in China, Chien-Shiung Wu worked on what important American project?
the Human Genome Project
the atomic bomb
the Apollo space missions
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She has two Nobels; which fields are they in?