Culture News, 25/02/2019

Women in Science Exposition at Gender Museum

As a part of Women in Science month, Center of Gender Culture presents “Not the Exception but One out of Many” exhibition which highlights women’s role in various branches of science.

Within Modernist-Women project, UrbanFormsCenter NGO gave the exhibits to the Gender Museum. Modernism was not chosen at random. The end of the 19th – middle of the 20th centuries was the time when scientific and cultural trends developed scientifically and progressively with revolutionary discoveries, which are used successfully and became the basis for modern inventions by modern scientists. Modernism has also become a breakthrough for female-scientists whose contribution is hardly known by many people.

The exposition comprises information panels presenting 12 prominent women who contributed to Physics, Biology, Urban development, Architecture, Ecology, Radio-frequency engineering and other branches of science and culture. It tells about the facts of women’s scientific history and encourages visitors to study more closely the historical facts regarding the presented personalities.

Radio-frequency engineering is presented by Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress, who was also an avid inventor and the person behind advances in communication technology in the 1940s that led to today’s Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer, is called “Lady of DNA” as she made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite. Unfortunately, her role in the investigations was underestimated and male molecular biologists Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins got Nobel Prize for DNA molecule structure’s discovery.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchin made one of the most incredible discoveries in astronomy: she proposed in her 1925 doctoral thesis that stars were composed primarily of hydrogen and helium. She became the first woman to be promoted to full professor at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Science.

The Centre of Gender Culture has been conducting a number of activities, including interactive lectures.

The next event, “Women in Science: Those who Changed History” interactive lecture, will be held on February 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Centre of Gender Culture. All comers will find out about women who were and are not only scientists and inventors but have become behavioral and role models and inspirations.

According to the event’s organizers, the exhibition aims to tell about invisible pages of history. Many people know and even use the inventions but not many of them know how many important discoveries were made by women.

The exhibition will work until the end of February.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Centre of Gender Culture