Great Canadian Scientists

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 22, 2015, when they recognized “women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.”

To celebrate, we are highlighting some great Canadian scientists:

Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist
Sarah studies plants for signs of life. She created an equation that describes the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe.

Irene Uchida, Genetic Researcher
Irene studied how radiation affects DNA, in particular the impact on pregnant woman in causing congenital disorders/ She founded the cytogenetics laboratory at McMaster University that looks at changes in DNA at the chromosome level.

Tanya Harrison, Planetary Scientist
Tanya researches the geology of Mars and has been part of several Mars rover teams.

Gail Anderson, Forensic Entomologist
Gail studies what happens to human and animal remains in various environments. This work has significantly impacted law enforcement. Gail is the first Canadian full-time entomologist.

Alice Wilson, Geologist
Alice extensively studied geology around Ottawa, contributing greatly to the understanding of the area and its natural resources. Alice is Canada's first female geologist.

Harriet Brooks, Nuclear Physicist
Harriet studied how atoms decay and determined that one element can turn into another. She discovered Radon and worked alongside greats like Marie Curie. Harriet is Canada's first nuclear physicist.  

Paintings on loan from the Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology.