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Science Heroes

We love highlighting scientists you may not have heard of, often with a gorgeous illustration by cartoonist and neuroscientist Matteo Farinella. We even developed a deck of cards to celebrate great, under-appreciated figures from the annals of science. You can order our tarot deck in the Massive Science Shop.

Meet Gerty Cori, the Nobel-winning biochemist who uncovered how the body stores and consumes sugars

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Cori's work determined glycogen storage "disease" had several subtypes, each with a unique molecular cause

Maggie Chen, Harvard University

Meet Lady Mary Montagu, who brought smallpox inoculation to England

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This poet and essayist likely saved many lives from this deadly, disfiguring disease

Dan Samorodnitsky, Senior Editor

Meet Alice Wilson, the Canadian geologist who did the work of five people

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Arianna Soldati, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Elizabeth Rona, the wandering polonium woman, changed radiation science forever

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She survived world wars, anti-Semitism, and decades of exposure to early radiochemistry

Brittney G. Borowiec, Wilfrid Laurier University