At the turn of the secular calendar year lots of people make lots of lists. Having always loved lists, I'm in the mood to recall notable women whose lives have ended in the past year. It's not that easy to find them, but I'll have a go. Meanwhile, the start of the search brought me to a list of women scientists that should be better known. I'd not heard of any of them except Rosalind Franklin. Have you? Have a quick read about:
Emilie du Chatelet
So many admirable women, often discouraged from studying science, often not acknowledged for their contribution.
In 2015 we also lost:
(geophysicist & top NASA scientist) Astronomy Magazine obituary
Grace Lee Boggs
(philosopher & feminist) obituary
Eugenie Clark aka "The Shark Lady"
(ichthyologist) Telegraph obituary
(singer, the Weavers) obituary
Mary Ellen Mark
(photographer) Vogue retrospective, obituary
(screenwriter, best known for ET the Extraterrestrial) obituary
(trumpeter for Sly & the Family Stone) obituary
Dorothy "Dottie" Thomas, considered the mother of bone marrow transplantation.
This is, of course, a tiny and random selection of names. I present them for consideration and possible inspiration. Happy 2016!
Nivchar shem may-osher rav - a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches (Proverbs 22:1).