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Friday, May 28, 2010

i didn't know this about beatrix

An Ode to Great Double X-Chromosomed Scientists

By Miss Cellania

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Flammulina Velutipes

Although women have been researching and inventing for as long as men have been grunting and hunting, recognition for their accomplishments has been sparse. We think we owe them a few retroactive shout-outs.Beatrix Potter may be known mainly as the mother of adorable anthropomorphized animals, but the British author and illustrator also used her skills for some decidedly less cuddly work. Around the turn of the 19th century, scientists had no way of photographing images under a microscope, so Potter found herself churning out watercolor paintings of fungi in labs. Pretty soon, she’d become a well-respected mycologist and was one of the first scientists to study lichens. At the time, women were barred from attending scientific meetings, so Potter’s uncle had to present her papers for her. Eventually, she had to settle for a more “appropriate” profession, and thus Peter Rabbit was born.................

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