While most of us will ring in the new year with family and friends, science doesn’t take a holiday. And neither do the scientists responsible for big ongoing experiments. One of the more famous historical examples of this is the case of physicist Chien-Shiung Wu—often referred to as “Madame Wu”—who gave up vacationing with her husband in the 1950s to prove that nature is slightly left-handed.
Reminds me of Rosalind Franklin, the female scientist whose x-ray crystalography images showed the double helix of DNA getting no credit as Watson, Crick and Wilkins got the Nobel prize. Women in science: getting overlooked since the there were first women and science.