Wednesday 21 March 2018

Natural History Museum - The female scientists you need to know about

Meet past and present pioneering women of natural history
Some of the female staff at the Natural History Museum
Female scientists are a vital part of the Museum's history.

Their skills and vision have contributed to groundbreaking discoveries and a world-leading collection of more than 80 million specimens, but not all of their stories have endured.

We're celebrating some of these remarkable women's stories.
The unsung pioneers
Evelyn Cheesman

Evelyn Cheesman: the woman who walked

She confronted cannibals, giant spider webs and patriarchal views. Entomologist Evelyn Cheesman knew a thing or two about resilience.
Mary Anning

Mary Anning: the unsung hero of fossil discovery

She was overlooked by her male peers, but Mary made some of the most astounding fossil discoveries ever known in Britain.
Dorothea Bate

Dorothea Bate: the pioneer paleontologist

Dorothea Bate had no formal qualifications when she travelled to the Natural History Museum in London to demand a job.
Women in science and research
Dr Xiaoya Ma

Inspiring women in science

Female scientists at the Museum share how they began their careers, what they love about their jobs and how budding scientists can follow their dreams.
Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator, Crustacea

Caring for the collections

Read the stories of female curators and conservators who watch over the Museum's collection of 80 million specimens.