Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill – the Rocket Scientist

By Jaime Seltzer Yvonne Brill was born in Manitoba in 1924. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba in 1945 and her Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1951. She had truly wished to study engineering, but the University of Manitoba informed her that there […]

Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen H. Richards – the Mother of Family and Consumer Science

By Jaime Seltzer “The quality of life depends on the ability of society to teach its members how to live in harmony with their environment – defined first as the family, then with the community, then with the world and its resources.” – Ellen H. Richards Ellen Henrietta Swallow was born in the Boston area […]

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 […]