Editor's Blog

Male Scientists' Biographies Written As If They Were Women

February 2, 2016 | by Tom Hale

Photo credit: @Daurmith/Twitter

In 2013, the pioneering rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died. In her obituary, The New York Times opened with the facepalm-inducing line: “She made a mean beef stroganoff.”

A lot of the time when you read about a female scientist, there’s an underlying tone of surprise that they chose a career in science. Either that, or the emphasis is not on their great minds and their achievements, but their appearance, or love life... Or their stroganoff recipe.

To challenge these very unscientific assumptions, Twitter user Daurmith has written a series of short biographies of male scientists as if they were women. The tweets were originally written in Spanish, but translated by popular demand. 

 

 

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