Monday this week was the “international day of women and girls in science” – since we love to have a day a year for something we should appreciate every day of the year. Nevertheless, it made me think about women in science I admire, since they played a huge part in me choosing to spend all those years at universities. Number one will always be:
- Jane Goodall – she talked to me through her book “In the shadow of man” in my parents house in Sweden. She told me what I already knew – study biology (since I couldn’t be a vet).
- Marie Curie – I made my way to Paris via train and I ended up in an apartment where Marie Curie had lived. In fact, the landlady was excited to tell me that the sink (le lavabo) had remained the same ever since she moved out (she died in 1934, you do the math.)
- Dianne Fossey – my beloved uncle Lars and I used to talk a lot about going to Rwanda and sit with the gorillas. Diane did just that – it didn’t happen yet, but it still may!
- Temple Grandin – this fascinating autistic woman who’s also a professor of animal science, is able to understand animals in a way most people can’t. She did a LOT of great work and I admire her so.