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Famous Women Innovators That Transformed Our Lives

Here is a list of great female innovators and inventors. Some, you will easily recognize, others are not common household names. Non the less, all had an astounding impact on our lives. Please continue to add to the list and recognize all those woman that have transformed our lives through their inventiveness and innovations.

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Madam Curie 1867 - 1934

Madam Curie 1867 - 1934

Winner of two Nobel prizes: One in 1903 for physics and another in 1911 for Chemistry. Discovered two new elements Radium and Polonium. Applied her findings and discovery of how the harmful radioactive emissions could be applied to shrink tumors.

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Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek

Everyday, Stephanie Kwolek's success and innovation of using synthetic fibers to save live. Because of Kevlar vests, countless lives of our law enforcement and and military personnel have been and will continue to be saved. Of course that is not the only application for her groundbreaking innovation of the use of this strong durable synthetic fiber. It is used in boats, planes, rope, cables, tires and other applications.

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Rosalind Franklin 1920- 1958

Rosalind Franklin 1920- 1958

All our recent success with fighting diseases and finding cures is understanding DNA. Rosalind Franklin was instrumental to DNA research and what we understand about DNA. She developed techniques for X-ray crystallography and was the first to capture X-ray images DNA. Because of her breakthrough, other researchers were able to figure the structure was a double helix.

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Barbara McClintock 1902 - 1992

Barbara McClintock 1902 - 1992

Geneticists that determined genes can move within and between chromosomes. Studied Maize cytogenetics and successfully produced first genetic map of maize. Like many great forward thinkers and innovators her findings and theories didn't fit in with conventional thinking and were dismissed. Her findings were validated in the 70s and 80s when molecular techniques and research methods improved.

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Tabitha Babbitt 1784 - 1853

Tabitha Babbitt 1784 - 1853

I'm a guy and love my tools, especially my saws. It is through her inventiveness of creating the circular saw that has made life easier for us guys. After observing men use the two man pit saw she recognized the inefficiency. She applied her knowledge of tools for weaving with a circular saw blade and hence the circular saw.