Who was Ada Lovelace?

Ada Lovelace

This profile originally appears on Finding Ada. By Sydney Padua, author of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain’s first female doctor

 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first female doctor to qualify in England. She opened a school of medicine for women, and paved the way for women’s medical education in Britain. Partly as a result of her open campaigning, an act of Parliament was passed in 1876 permitting women to enter the medical profession.

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Mary Anning, pioneering fossil hunter

Mary Anning

Mary Anning was a self-educated, working class woman from Lyme Regis and her contribution to geological science had a major impact at a time when there was little to challenge the biblical interpretation of the story of creation and of the flood. The spectacular marine reptiles that Mary unearthed shook the scientific community into looking at different explanations for changes in the natural world.

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Meet the woman in charge of building the Brooklyn Bridge

 

Emily Warren Roebling was, and still is, considered to be the person who was in charge of the day to day construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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