Women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology
TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.
Because we think these women are awesome. We think you’ll think these women are awesome. And we want to keep on discovering more awesome trowel-wielding women. Plus, so many of the pictures are, quite frankly, a-MAZ-ing.
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
For awesomeness it is hard to beat Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 – 1994). She won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, the first British woman scientist to do so, for her X-ray crystallographic studies of penicillin and vitamin B12. This October sees the 50th anniversary of the announcement of her prize, and she still remains the only woman in Britain to win a science Nobel. But, I hear you say, why are we talking about her here? Dorothy Crowfoot came from a distinguished family of archaeologists, many of them women. Her father John Winter Crowfoot became Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem in 1926 (see his obituary by Kathleen Kenyon -- pdf). Her mother, Grace ‘Molly’…
So here's our first ever competition with an actual prize to be won- and a fabulous one at that! Our latest article, written by Georgina Ferry, is on the iconic scientist Dorothy Hodgkin, who it turns out was not only a Nobel prize winner for her crystallography work, but also a genuine trowelblazer. Georgina's book, Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life, is…
Do you know of an awesome, TrowelBlazing pioneer in archaeology, geology, or palaeontology? Let us know! We are always looking out for guest posts, or even suggestions for new women to feature.
It’s all so very easy… 200 words, and a picture either freely available or with a known source where we can request permission to reproduce it. Even if you can’t manage that – don’t worry! We’re happy just to be told about truly inspiring women. Don’t forget to tell us your twitter/ blog name so we can give you full credit!