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Great Explorers and Scientists-In Their Own Words

by Michael Keller

How cool is it to listen to the great aviator Amelia Earhart talk about her harrowing solo flight across the Atlantic? 

Or to hear how Edith Widder captured the nearly mythical giant squid on camera for the first time? (Do we get extra props for incidentally talking to her in the middle of her hunt for the enormous creature?)

You might be noticing a theme starting to emerge. It’s Women’s History Month and we thought we’d post a few talks by great scientists and explorers who happen to be women. It’s always amazing to hear tales that push the limits of our imagination straight from the mouths of those making it happen.

We hope you enjoy listening to just a few of these pioneers as much as we did.

Here is a brief excerpt from a 2008 interview featuring Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, the winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, who passed away late last year. Here, she speaks about setting up a mini-laboratory in her home after being isolated from the scientific community in Mussolini’s Italy. See the full interview here.

This is an intriguing TED talk by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, who got the unwanted research opportunity to understand the injured brain from the inside. She suffered a massive stroke that resulted in a cascade of insights about life, the brain and being.

Though we’ve already brought you a bit of Amelia Earhart, we thought we’d share this audio from her, recorded on June 18, 1928, and made available by WNYC. Here she speaks about the promise of science in her time for women and a better future for society with more women in science.

Top Image: Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937. Courtesy NASA.

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    Because I’m a nerd… And a woman
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