#EngQuote: Quotes from Female Scientist

Kartini Day (April 21) is a special day to commemorate the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women. Nowadays, women may still face enormous obstacles in many fields and have struggled for recognition of their academic achievements. Here are some inspiring words from women who have faced struggle, yet they made incredible contribution to scientific discoveries.


“Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

– Marie Curie. A physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman who won a Nobel Prize and the only person who won a Nobel Prize in two different categories (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911).


“Each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” 

– Marie Curie. A physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman who won a Nobel Prize and the only person who won a Nobel Prize in two different categories (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911).


“Don’t be afraid of hard work, nothing worthwhile come easily. Don’t let other discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day, I was told that women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.” 

– Gertrude Elion. A biochemist and pharmacologist who developed medication to treat leukemia, malaria, meningitis, and herpes. She received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988.


“In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall succeed in our aims.” 

– Rosalind Franklin. The pioneer in Molecular Biologist who made contributions to the discovery of the DNA structure.


“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” 

– Rita Levi-Montalcini. A neurobiologist who co-discovered nerve growth factor. She received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1986.


“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.” 

– Mae Jemison. A NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman in space.


“…a woman is valued for what she is, and men encourage her to accomplishment yet she remains eternally feminine.” 

– Chien-Shiung Wu. A Chinese-born experimental physicist with an expertise in radioactivity, she was given the honorary nicknames i.e.: “Chinese Marie Curie” and “First Lady of Physics.”


“I am never as happy as when I am really engaged in good earnest, and it makes me must wonderfully cheerful & merry at the other times.” 

– Ada Lovelace. A mathematician and the first computer programmer (1815–1852).


“Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.” 

– Émilie du Châtelet. A natural philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. Known for her translation of Newton’s Principia into French.


“My mother always taught us that if people don’t agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you’ve listened to them carefully and you still think that you’re right, then you must have the courage of your conviction.” 

– Jane Goodall. A primatologist who has dedicated her life to conversation and animal rights.


“If you are beautiful, you are led to believe that you can’t also be smart. You can be fun, fit to society, and be really smart. The smarter you are, the more capable you’ll be to handle whatever challenges come up in life.” 

– Danica McKellar. A mathematician and bestselling author of four books that encourage young girls to pursue mathematics and science.


“I am going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart … It’s always a sign that I should do something if it scares me.” 

– Natalie Portman. The best actress at 83rd Academy Awards. She published two scientific papers and was an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 21, 2017.

 

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