We mentioned her sister Marthe in Time Travel Tuesday, but Marguerite Vogt deserves her own attention as well! Though four students under her tutelage and her long time partner Renato Dulbecco went on to win Nobel Prizes, she was never formally recognized for her huge volume of work in virus and cancer research. She was the first to successfully cultivate a polio virus in vitro, a necessary step to the development of a vaccine. Her work fundamentally changed how cancer and viruses are studied. However, when asked if she resented not getting the recognition she deserved by the New York Times in 2001, she merely replied, “I’m happy not to have been bothered. When you get too famous, you stop being able to work.”
October 15th is Ada Lovelace Day! Today the world celebrates all of the accomplishments of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, Adafruit highlights a number of women who are pioneering their fields and inspiring women of all ages to make their voices heard. Today we will be sharing the stories of women that we think are modern day “Adas”. We will also be referencing women from history that have made impacts in science and math. Please promote and share #ALD13 with your friends and family so we can promote and share with all of the world wide web!
Today everything in the Adafruit store is 10% off, just use the code ALD13 on checkout! Today’s the perfect day to spark the imagination of a future “Ada” with a gift from the Adafruit store!