Don't let this old grumpy looking guy fool you, he was the hippest researcher in the world back in the 1800s when he was doing his exploring on the Beagle. Darwin sailed around the world researching and collecting samples to send back to England. Through his work he developed the theory of evolution that we still study today! And he was only 22 when he left on his first adventure!!
We are going to learn more about Darwin and this time period when we learn about evolution!
Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different fields (physics and chemistry). Curie's efforts, with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre's death, the development of X-rays. She is one of the individuals who forged the path for women in science.
Marie Curie faced many of the same obstacles as women in STEM face today, says Melissa Llarena of Forbes Magazine. Women continue to be grossly underrepresented in many STEM fields, and challenges “continue to include balancing careers with families and a lack of access to men-only networks”. Understanding how Curie dealt with these impediments to her success may provide insight into how to deal with those same impediments today.
This woman in science set out to Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees by sitting amongst them, bypassing more rigid procedures and uncovering discoveries about primate behavior that have continued to shape scientific discourse. She is a highly respected member of the world scientific community and is a staunch advocate of ecological preservation.
It is important that we all work toward preserving our Earth and working toward being good citizens.
Watch her TED Talk Below: