May 12

Can you name all of these famous women who share the birthday May 12?

 

Dorothy Hodgkin (born May 12, 1910) was an English chemist and x-ray crystallographer who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1964 "for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances." She is mostly recognized as determining the structures of penicillin and vitamin B12.  She is the only English woman to have ever received a Nobel Prize in any of the three sciences. The Royal Society established the Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship to enable researchers in the early stages of their career to take time out to raise a family or care for a family member.  She is also the second woman in 60 years to have earned the Order of Merit by a king or queen.

Sources:

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1964/hodgkin-facts.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Hodgkin

 

Florence Nightingale (born May 12, 1820) was the first woman to have earned the Order of Merit by a king or queen.  She is recognized as the founder of modern nursing.  She professionalized and gave honor to the field of nursing, getting her start as a manager of nurses during the Crimean War.  She is known as the "lady with the lamp," making the rounds of the wounded soldiers at night.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale

 

Matilde Coxe Stevenson (born May 12, 1849) was an American ethnologist who, along with her anthropologist husband, spent 13 years studying the Rocky Mountain region.  She and her husband James Stevenson "formed the first husband-wife team in anthropology."  She became the first President of the Women's Anthropological Society of America.  Later on, she studied the cave, cliff and mesa ruins in New Mexico, as well as all of its Pueblo tribes.  She made a special study of the Taos and Tewa Native Americans.  The artifacts she collected are housed at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian.  Stevenson also published numerous books on the Zuni Native Americans.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_Coxe_Stevenson

 

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