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Science Heroes

Abner Peeler
is credited with the invention of the first airbrush.

Ada Lovelace
was a ninteenth century woman who influenced the computer programming of today

Alan Turing
was a brilliant scientist and mathematician who laid the theoretical groundwork for the first computer.

Albert Baez
was a prominent Mexican American physicist and pacifist.

Albert Einstein
believed in the power of imagination.

Alberto Santos Dumont
was a Brazilian aviation pioneer.

Alexander Borodin
was an accomplished chemist, composer and staunch advocate of women's rights.

Alexander Graham Bell
was the inventor of the telephone.

Alfred Nobel
founded the Nobel Prize Organization.

Ameen Abdulrasool
is a young inventor who developed a portable navigation system for the blind.

Amy Charkowski
works on the front lines of protecting Earth's food supply.

Andrea Mia Ghez
is an astrophysicist best known for her discoveries about the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Archimedes of Syracuse
was an early Greek mathematician, astronomer and inventor.

Ariel Ruiz i Altaba
Scientist - Photographer

combines art and science to research how cells are generated and formed.

Audrey Penn:
Just Do It

is a medical doctor who has devoted herself to studying diseases that affect muscle control.

Augusta Ada Byron (Lovelace)
developed the world's first computer program while struggling with her own personal hardships.

Babak Darvish, MD
inspires his patients and coworkers with his upbeat attitude and determination.

Barbara McClintock
was one of the first women geneticists, and a Nobel laureate.

Becky Matkov
works to preserve Miami's indigenous history.

Ben Carson
is the chief of neurosurgery
at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Benjamin Bradley
was a slave who was admired for his engineering abilities and who built the first steam-powered warship.

Bernardo Houssay
was an Argentinean physiologist and Nobel Prize winner.

Beth Rickard

is an advocate of solar as the energy of the future.

Bill Fenical
"Neptune's Medicine Chest"

is a pioneer in the hunt for medicines from the ocean to treat cancer and other diseases.

Bonnie Dunbar
helped start a scholars program to inspire students to pursue careers in aerospace and engineering.

Bram Cohen
is a computer programmer and the creator of BitTorrent.

Carlos Juan Finlay
was a Cuban scientist who discovered the cause of yellow fever.

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Charles Darwin
famous for his theories of evolution and natural selection.

Chiaki Mukai
is the first female Japanese astronaut.

Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
is a Nobel Prize winner and pioneer genetic researcher.

Claire Patterson
was a geochemist who calculated the age of the earth and helped ban the lead in gasoline and food cans.

Claudia Gerwin:
Keeping the Neurons Firing

researches how nerve cells relay messages to each other.

Clifford V. Johnson
is a string theorist who studies the makeup of the smallest particles of the universe.

Commander Chris Hadfield
is the first Canadian to become the commander of the International Space Station.

Connie Samaras
has created media archives for deep space voyages.

Courtney Schumacher
is an atmospheric scientist and educator committed to mentoring young women interested in science.

Cristina Diaz:

studies intertidal and tropical sponges.

Dame Cicely Saunders
founded the modern hospice to provide compassionate, holistic care to the dying.

Dan Shechtman
was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry after 30 years of rejection for his discovery

provides open access to Dutch academic research information and findings.

Darlene Cavalier
founded ScienceCheerleader.com to promote science literacy.

Darlene Ketten
studies stranded whales and dolphins.

Dean Kamen
makes science and technology exciting for young people.

Debbye Turner
became Miss America and pursued her dream to become a veterinarian.

Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva
cares for the Earth's soil, researching ways to produce microbes to control plant diseases.

Dr Deepak Acharya
is a scientist devoted to protecting India's endangered Patalkot Forest.

Dr. Alexander Langmuir
Langmuir's work in epidemiology has saved millions of lives.
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Dr. Barbara Ross Lee
became the first African American woman dean of a US medical school.

Dr. Caldicott
has been a lifelong anti-nuclear activist.

Dr. Carolyn Mazure
founded the Yale Women's Health Program and is a forceful figure in the women's health movement.

Dr. Edward Holland

transplants corneal stem cells to help give people their sight back.

Dr. Edward Jenner
discovered the vaccine.

Dr. Elizabeth Kalko
and the Jason Project

studies bats in the Panamanian rainforest.

Dr. Elvia Niebla
Soil Scientist

is dedicated to soil conservation.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz
is an Egyptian space scientist and geologist.

Dr. France Cordova
is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers.

Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaite
was inspired to provide health care to the poor in the innner city.

Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy
cares for the eyes of millions of people in India.

Dr. Ines Cifuentes

works to improve science programs for students in Washington, DC.

Dr. Karen Plaut
has been a pioneer in animal science research.

Dr. Kay Jamison
is both an expert on, and a sufferer of, Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Kristi Curry-Rogers
is an accomplished paleontologist who travels the globe in search of dinosaur digs.

Dr. Madan Kataria
has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world.

Dr. Michael DeBakey
is the father of modern open-heart surgery.

Dr. Patch Adams
gives the practice of medicine a humorous twist.

Dr. Paul Farmer
has dedicated his life to treating people in the poorest nations in the world.

Dr. Richard Murphy
Marine Biologist

educates others about the sea and ways to protect the oceans for the future.

Dr. Robert Ballard
and the JASON project

bring scientific exploration to children around the world.

Dr. Sara W. Lazar
Neuroscientist - Meditator

researches the effects of meditation on the brain.

Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
is a scientist dedicated to the study and conservation of bonobos.

Dr. Susan Love
is committed to women's health issues.

Edgar Allan Poe
was a writer and poet who explored psychology and science in his works.

Edwin Hubble
is known as the man who discovered the cosmos.

Elizabeth Blackwell
became the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.

Enrico Fermi
was one of the 20th century's greatest physicists.

retrofits engines to reduce pollution and enhance energy efficiency in developing countries.

Erich Jarvis
observes song birds and uses his training with molecular biology to learn about brain behavior.

F. Sherwood Rowland
discovered the 'greenhouse effect.'

Fabiola Gianotti
is an Italian particle physicist.

Fati Kirakoya
is a researcher committed to finding solutions to end HIV/AIDS.

Forrest Bird
was a biomedical engineer who developed the respirator that extends life.

Francisk Skaryna
printed the first books in Eastern Europe.

Frank Zamboni
developed the world's first ice resurfacer machine used on ice rinks.

Franklin Chang Diaz
is a Costa Rican and American veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions.

Frederick Banting
was the co-discoverer of Insulin.

Gail Kaaialii:

investigates the origins of life and helps others value all life forms.

Galileo Galilei
was the first to use a telescope to observe the stars and planets.

Garrett Morgan
invented versions of the gas mask and the traffic signal.

Gary Blackwood
is the JPL manager for Exoplanet Exploration Program for NASA

George Washington Carver
was born an African American slave but became a renowned scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.

Gertrude B. Elion
developed the AIDS drug, AZT

Gina Gallant
is an inventor whose
passion is protecting the environment.

Grace Murray Hopper
was a computer visionary and naval officer.

Guglielmo Marconi
was an Italian inventor who won a Nobel Prize in Physics for wireless telegraphy.

Guion Bluford
became the first African-American in space.

Gustave Eiffel
was the French architect of the Eiffel Tower.

Gwynne Rowley Shotwell
is the president of SpaceX, the company that made the Dragon space craft.

Hazel Barton
combines her passion for caving with researching microbes.

Hib Vaccine Team
created an affordable, synthetic vaccine against the bacteria that can cause meningitis and pneumonia.


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Howard Florey
shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for extracting penicillin.

considered the first recorded physician

Internet.org Everyone of us. Everywhere. Connected.
launched to provide internet access to the two thirds of people around the world who are not connected

Irene Ayako Uchida
helped find the link between radiation and birth defects.

Irene Curie
was the second woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in science; the first woman was her mother, Marie.

Jack Andraka
successfully developed a cancer detection device at age fifteen.

Jack St. Clair Kilby
invented the microchip.

James Burke
developed a model of discovery called the Knowledge Web to connect information across space and time.

Jane Mt. Pleasant
is an agricultural scientist who looks to the past to meet today's farming needs.

Jesse William Lazear
confirmed Carlos Finlay hypothesis that mosquitos transmitted yellow fever.

Johannes Kepler
was a German astronomer known for his laws of planetary motion.

John Nash
was a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia.

Jonas Salk
discovered the polio vaccine.

Katherine Johnson
was an early African American woman mathematician for NASA

Kathy Sullivan
was the first American woman to walk in space.

Lene Vestergaard Hau
is a Danish physicist at Harvard who was able to stop a beam of light.

Leon Lederman
devotes much of his time and energy to improving science education in America.

Leonard Adleman
lives with his work
in DNA technology.

Leonardo da Vinci
was an artist and a scientist who was ever curious about the world around him.

Leslie Thompson
is a scientist devoted to finding a cure for Huntington's Disease.

Linus Pauling
won one undivided Nobel Prize for chemistry and one for peace.

Louis Pasteur
advanced the practice of medicine with his discoveries.

Luz Maria Rodriguez-Fernandez
conducts cancer research to help understand the disease process.

Madame Curie
received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium.

Mae Jemison
dreamed of going to space since childhood.

Magdalena Hurtado
is an anthropologist who studies the Ache people of Paraguay.

Margaret Mead
was a renowned anthropologist who thought in terms of 'the interconnection of all aspects of human life.'

Marie Curie
discovered radioactivity as an atomic property, opening the door to 20th century science.

Martha Mecartney
is a scientist, engineer and professor committed to helping young women interested in the field of science.

Meenakshi Wadhwa
studies meteorites and the processes involved in their formation.

Merieme Chadid
is an astronomer from Morocco who did research at the South Pole.

Mikhail Lomonosov
was an important Russian polymath in science and literature.

Mohammed Bah Abba
invented a refrigeration device that is not dependent on electricity.

Nancy Caruso
is a marine biologist who helped bring kelp forests back to the California coast.

Neil A. Armstrong
was the first man to walk on the moon.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
is an astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator.

Neil Turok
recruits talented students from all over Africa to be Africa's next generation of scientists and mathematicians.

Nicolaus Copernicus
was the first astronomer to propose that the planets orbit around the sun.

Niels Bohr
invented and tested theories that we still use today.

Nikola Tesla
has been called The Genius Who Lit the World.

Norman Borlaug
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his success in increasing the world's food supply.

Orville and Wilbur Wright
were brothers determined to build a better flying machine.

Patrick Nagatani
uses photography and colored lights to promote good health.

Paul Greengard
received a Nobel Prize for Medicine for his understanding of the nervous system.

Paul Munsen
Solar Oven Man

manufactures sun ovens, which harness the sun's rays to provide an environmentally safe source of energy.

Paul Sipiera
led an expedition into Antarctica to find meteorites for NASA.

Percy Julian
was a groundbreaking African American chemist, inventor, and trailblazer.

Philo T. Farnsworth
was the inventor of the television.

contributed to our understanding of mathematics, music and astronomy.

Ramani Sankaranarayanan
and Geeta Vaidyanathan

founded CTxGrEn to show villagers how to turn native materials into fuel for electricity.

Ray Kurzweil
is an inventor who uses technology to restore health.

Reef Ball Foundation
restores damaged coral reef systems around the world.

Richard P. Feynman
shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for work in the field of quantum electrodynamics.

Robert Koch
was an important medical researcher of the 19th century.

Rokhaya Gueye
treats malaria and
raises awareness about women's health issues in Senegal.

Rosalind Picard
is internationally known as a leader in envisioning and creating innovative technology

Saeed Awan
developed a new carpet loom that reduces child labor in Pakistan.

Sandra Begay-Campbell
is a Native American engineer who brings solar-powered energy to the Navajo reservation.

Sanoussi Diakite
invented the fonio husking machine.

Shannon Hackett
studies the genetic diversity and evolution in tropical birds.

Sir Alexander Fleming
saved millions of lives with his discovery of penicillin.

Sir Isaac Newton
was a scientist, teacher and inventor.

Srinivasa Ramanujan
made groundbreaking contributions to mathematics.

Stephanie Jenouvrier
is a population ecologist researching the effects of climate change on emperor penguins.

Stephen W. Hawking
is a renowned theoretical physicist.

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
is a Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist who contributed to our understanding of the stars.

Tania Ruiz
is an astrophysicist committed to science education and helping women reach their goals.

Temple Grandin
is a professor, doctor of animal science and an autism activist.

Thais Corral
gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.

Therese Koutnik
is an inspiration to her sister and a role model for girls who would like to become engineers.

Thomas Alva Edison
is considered one of the world's greatest inventors.

Tim Berners-Lee
invented the World Wide Web.

Tom Chau
Biomedical Engineer

uses science and technology to maximize opportunities for people with disabilities.

Tom Dibblee
was a legendary geologic mapper.

Ursula Goellner-Scheiding
has studied insects for over 60 years.

Usha Varanasi
is the first woman to lead a Fisheries Science Center.

Vint Cerf
is an Internet pioneer who passionately believes that all people should benefit from the information revolution.

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin
is called
'The Father of Television'.

Walter Mischel
is a respected psychologist who made important findings in the study of delayed gratification.

Wes Jackson
was a professor who returned to the land to advance sustainable agriculture practices.

Wilson Bentley
was the first person to photograph a single snowflake.

Yuri Gagarin
was the first human being to journey into space.

Zohra Ben Lakhdar
is a physicist from Africa who does research on atomic spectroscopy.


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