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Famous Female Scientists Quiz

  1. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
  2. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was first Englishwoman to become what?
  3. Grace Hopper was a pioneer in which field?

  4. Name the Hollywood actress and inventor who pioneered technology which forms the basis for today's WiFi and GPS?
  5. An advocate of birth control, who founded the UK's first clinic for contraception in 1921?
  6. Alice Augusta Ball was an American chemist who developed the most effective early treatment for Hansen's disease. By what name do we better know this disease?
  7. Name the American primatologist and conservationist known for her studies in Rwanda with mountain gorillas?
  8. Born in 1920, Rosalind Franklin was a British biophysicist known for her work in discovering what?
  9. Can you name the daughter of poet Lord Byron who has been called "the first computer programmer"?
  10. What did Mary Anning collect?
  11. The wife of a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, name the British scientist specialising in solar power conversion?
  12. Which powerful synthetic fiber was developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont in 1965?
  13. In 1856, Eunice Newton Foote was the first scientist to make the connection between climate change and the amount of what in the air?


  1. Marie Curie
  2. A qualified doctor
  3. Computer programming
  4. Hedy Lamarr
  5. Marie Stopes
  6. Leprosy
  7. Dian Fossey
  8. DNA
  9. Ada Lovelace
  10. Fossils (became known around the world for her discoveries)
  11. Mary Archer
  12. Kevlar
  13. Carbon dioxide