21 Female Scientists Who Slay

Having trouble naming an outstanding female scientist? Well, here are 21 to get you started.

15. Son Young-Sook

Photo: Kyung Hee University

Son received the 2017 L’Oréal Korea-UNSECO Award for Women in Life Science for her research on the ability of stem cells to self-heal.

16. Jenny Huey-Jen Su

Photo: National Cheng Kung University

Su, president of National Cheng Kung University, was recognized with the 2017 Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s Leadership Award for her timely and effective response to two emergency events in Taiwan: a dengue fever outbreak in Tainan City in 2015 and a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in 2016. An air pollution researcher, Su has conducted research on airborne microbial hazards and helped to shape policies at the national and international level.

17. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo

Photo: Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya

For her work on using biomass for environmental remediation, Soetaredjo was awarded the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. In her research, Soetaredjo converts biomass and clay into absorbents that can be used to remove hazardous compounds such as antibiotics, heavy metals and dyes from wastewater. She is also in the process of patenting a method using Fenton reagents that can be used to degrade 98 percent of the pollutants in wastewater.

18. Tu Youyou

Photo: Lasker Foundation

Tu, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, was awarded the 2017 Preeminent Science and Technology Award, the top award for science in China.

19. Jackie Y. Ying

Photo: Agency for Science, Technology and Research

In 2017, Ying became the first woman to receive the Abdeali Tayebali Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognized her contributions to nanotechnology research. She was also named a fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors that year.

20. Aletta Concepcion T. Yñiguez

University of Philippines Diliman

Yñiguez won the 2017 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientist Award for her work on modeling the dynamics of the ocean ecosystem to build early warning systems.

21. Yu Nam-Kyung

Photo: L’oréal Foundation

Yu was recognized as a 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent for her work on Rett syndrome, a genetic neurological disorder.



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