Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead and the Origins of Modern Cultural Anthropology

By Jaime Seltzer “Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead A little background is necessary in order to show just how incredible and mind-blowing Margaret Mead’s work was when she exploded onto the anthro scene in 1928. Anthropology was in its […]

Mary Kenneth Keller

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller and Computers in Education

By Jaime Seltzer Mary Kenneth Keller’s past is something of a mystery. Even her birth year is debatable! This may in part be due to the tradition of taking on a new name and something of a new identity when one takes holy vows. She was born either in 1913 or 1914 in Ohio, and […]

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey – Conservationist and Primatologist

By Jaime Seltzer “Any observer is an intruder in the domain of a wild animal and must remember that the rights of that animal supersede human interests.” Dian Fossey was born in San Francisco in 1932. Her parents divorced when she was very young due to her father’s drinking and problems with the law, and […]

Maria Telkes

Maria Telkes – the Sun Queen

By Jaime Seltzer Maria Telkes was an inventor and scientist, born in 1900 in Budapest, Hungary. The idea of solar power as an inextinguishable source of energy fascinated her even in high school, and she knew from an early age that she wanted to study the power of the sun. She earned her B.A. and […]

Cecilia Payne

Cecilia Payne – the Stargazer

By Jaime Seltzer Cecilia Payne was born in 1900 in Wendover, Britain. She wanted to study botany at Cambridge until she went to a lecture given by Arthur Stanley Eddington on the 1919 solar eclipse. Only four undergraduate students had won the tickets, and the only reason that Cecilia could go was that one person […]

Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner: the woman nearly erased from history

By Jaime Seltzer Elise Meitner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1878, the third of eight children in a prosperous, middle-class family. She went to the Akademisches Gymnasium for her secondary education, and in 1905 earned her doctorate at the University of Vienna, only the second woman to earn a doctorate in physics there. Lise, […]

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin and the Secret of Life

By Jaime Seltzer Ask any scientist about Rosalind Franklin and the expression that will adorn their faces will be immediate commiseration served up with a side of outrage. Many consider her the scientist most cheated out of honors, awards, and recognition in the modern age. Rosalind was born in 1920 in London, England, to a […]

Alice Miller

Alice Miller: War, Child Abuse and the Black Pedagogy

By Jaime Seltzer Alicija Englard was born in 1923 to a Hasidic orthodox family in the area of Lodz, Poland. She was an intelligent and well-read girl who felt stifled by her conservative upbringing. When she and her family stayed with an aunt in Berlin during her late childhood, the change of scene allowed Alicija […]

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper – Amazing Grace, the Queen of Code

By Jaime Seltzer “A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” When Grace Hopper was seven, she confounded the family by taking apart every clock in the house. Her mother, Mary Campbell Van Horne Murray, sympathized. She had once been […]

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai – addressing the problem at the root

By Jaime Seltzer Wangari Maathai grew up in a lush, rural area of Kenya in 1940. She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in the United States in the 1960s, and then worked on earning her doctoral degree in Germany and Nairobi, making her the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in East […]