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Mary the Jewess
Cleopatra the Alchemist
Anna, Princess of Denmark and Norway, Electress of Saxony (1532-1585)
Marie Meurdac (1600s)
Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Chatelet (1706-1749)
Marie Lavoisier (1758-1836)
Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769-1858)
Julia Lermontova (1846-1919)
Martha Annie Whiteley (1866-1956)
Agnes Pockels (1862-1935)
Marie Sklodowska-Curie (1867-1934)
Clara Immerwahr (1870-1915)
Maria Bakunin (1873-1960)
Margarethe von Wrangell, Furstin Andronikow (1876-1932)
Lina Solomonovna Shtern (also Stern, Schtern) (1878-1968)
Gertrud Johanna Woker (1878-1968)
Lise Meitner (1878-1968)
Stephanie Horovitz (1887-1942)
Iren Julia Gotz-Dienes (1889-1941)
Erzsebet (Elisabeth) Rona (1890-1981)
Gertrud Kornfeld (1891-1955)
Dorothy Maud Wrinch (1984-1976)
Hertha (Herta) Sponer (1895-1968)
Gerty Theresa Cori (1896-1957)
Ida Noddack-Tacke (1896-1978)
Ilona Kelp-Kabay (1897-1970)
Irene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)
Maria Kobel (1897-1996)
Katherine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979)
Antonia Eliszabeth (Toos) Korvezee (1899-1978)
Maria de Telkes (1900-1995)
Erika Cremer (1900-1996)
Elisa Ghigi (1902-1987)
Kathleen Lonsdale (nee Yardley) (1903-1971)
Marthe Louise Vogt (1903-2003)
Caroline Henriette MacGillavry (1904-1993)
Lucia de Brouckere (1904-1982)
Berta Karlik (1904-1990)
Elsie May Widdowson (1906-2000)
Boguslawa Jezowska-Trzebiatowska (1908-1991)
Yvette Cauchois (1908-1999)
Marguerite Catherine Perey (1909-1994)
Dorothy Crawfoot Hodgkin (1910-1990)
Ulla Hamberg (1918-1985)
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Jacqueline Ficini (1923-1988)
Andree Marquet (1934-)
Anna Laura Segre (1938-2008)
Ada Yonath (1939-)
Helga Rubsamen-Schaeff (1949-)
Katharina Landfester (1969-)

About the Author

Jan Apotheker is a lecturer in Chemistry Education at the University of Groningen. After obtaining his academic degrees from the University of Groningen in Biochemistry, he taught chemistry at a local secondary school for 25 years. One of his prime responsibilities as lecturer is the training of teachers in all levels of education. He is also involved in the organization of outreach activities both from the university and on a national scale. He is a member of the steering committee 'New Chemistry' that is currently developing a new chemistry curriculum for secondary education in the Netherlands. Jan is the Royal Dutch Chemical Society board member for education, an IUPAC Committee Member for chemistry education, and a member of the EUCHEMS division for chemistry education. Livia Simon Sarkadi is a Professor of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary. Since 1980, she has taught biochemistry, food chemistry, and food analysis. She has supervised a number of PhD, BSc and MSc students. Besides being an author and co-author of many scientific papers, she wrote a textbook on Biochemistry. She is a member of the Editorial Board of International Journals (European Food Research and Technology, Food and Nutrition Research). She has been the Chair of the Food Protein Working Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1996 and is currently the Chair of the EuCheMS Food Chemistry Division, and an elected member of the EuCheMS Executive Board.


Despite what could have been, European Women in Chemistryoffers an informative historical overview giving women reason to becurious about the lives and careers about many remarkablewomen. (Bulletin of the History ofChemistry, 2012) "Finally, this book fulfils its intention to be a tribute to thesefascinating women, their major contribution to chemistry in thecontext of their time and social environment. Reading the storiesmight motivate new generations, not only women, to come to treadnew paths, fight for unusual ideas and control their own destiny."(Materials and Corrosion, 2012) "I found the book fairly readable and would recommend it tothose working in chemistry, or indeed other sciences, and also tothose who are considering a scientific career." (Chemistry World, 1August 2011) "The merit of this book, however, lies in its reporting thestruggle and strife of those women who didn't make Nobel-worthybreakthrough discoveries but who managed to carve out a niche inchemistry, especially during the historical times when thediscipline was still overwhelmingly populated by males." (Chemistry& Industry, 25 April 2011) "It is my strong conviction that unbiased reading of this book,besides increasing the reader's historical knowledge of chemistryand science, will also have a profound, hopefully constructive,effect on their opinions on the potential achievements in sciencethat might be obtained by women." (ChemMedChem, 1 April 2011)

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