Smithsonian's Women in Science uploads, pt. 2

Mar 07 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

I titled my last Scientopia Guest Blogge post with a "pt. 1" attached--which is always a bit ominous.  Wait no longer for the other shoe to drop.  Here's another recently uploaded image to the Smithsonian's Women in Science set on Flickr Commons; this time, meet Joyce Jacobson Kaufman:
Joyce Jacobson Kaufman (b. 1929)
[Visual description: Woman seated at a table, holding a tinkertoy-style model.]

Who? Kaufman was born in 1929 in the Bronx, but raised in Baltimore. She was an early reader, and remembers liking a biography of Marie Curie when she was little. When she was eight years old, she was chosen for a summer camp sponsored by Johns Hopkins, for kids who were identified as gifted in math and science, again demonstrating the effectiveness of starting early to bring girls into the science stream. Although Johns Hopkins didn't welcome women students in those days, she was admitted at 16 as a "special student," married a fellow student, had a daughter, and eventually earned her PhD there in 1960, in chemistry (dissertation title: "Ionization Potentials of Some Boron Compounds"). Read more about her busy career after that at the Jewish Virtual Library, SJSU Virtual Museum, and the Journal of Chemical Education Online.

Kaufman has entries in Women in Medicine: An Encyclopedia, American Women in Technology: An Encyclopedia, Jewish Women in America, Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, Notable Women in the Physical Sciences, American Women in Science, etc. etc. But no Wikipedia entry?! Nope. That makes no sense for "one of the most distinguished international scientists in the fields of chemistry, physics, biomedicine, and supercomputers." If you understand the science and feel moved to share that understanding, why not mark Women's History Month by starting a biographical entry for Kaufman?

5 responses so far

  • jc says:

    I love these. Thanks for introducing these women.

  • KJHaxton says:

    Thanks for the link to this. I've got a workshop on 'scientists through the ages' next week with about 50 thirteen year olds and want to include a balanced view of who scientists are and have been. I wanted to steer clear of the obvious female scientists like Marie Curie and oness who weren't Nobel Prize winner so this is fantastic.

  • hi, by now there is a wikipedia entry on Joyce Kaufmann. Someone added it on April, 18 2011. but why didn't you do it yourself? this is the beauty of wikipedia, you can simply add it. super to know about Joyce's work, thanks.

  • oops, I meant 18 March, not tomorrow...

  • Penny says:

    Very cool to know, Valeria! I'm active with the WikiProject Women's History, but mostly on the identifying-needed-entries level--still working on getting familiar with the many rules and conventions of writing entries. But I'm there almost every day, doing what I can. 😉