Geologists' Biographies - Women
Mary Anning (1799–1847)
"The greatest fossilist the world ever knew," her life story is at the University of California Museum of Paleontology site.
Florence Bascom (1862–1945)
America's first woman geologist and much more, a "rock star" profile (PDF) by the Geological Society of America.
Winifred Goldring (1888–1971)
This pioneering American paleontologist is profiled by the About Women's History Guide.
Another biography from the New York State Museum.
Maria Ogilvie Gordon (1864–1939)
First woman ever to earn a geology doctorate, Gordon is the subject of a long post on David Bressan's History of Geology blog.
Katia Krafft (1942–1991)
She and her husband Maurice, both natives of France, made up the First Couple of volcano documenters. They died on Mount Unzen and are memorialized by blogger Amy Lewis.
Mary Leakey (1913–1996)
The great excavator (with Louis S. B. Leakey) of early human fossils, profiled by Scientific American in 1994.
Inge Lehmann (1888–1993)
The great Danish seismologist whose 1936 paper titled "P' " announced the Earth's inner core. This biography is at the American Geophysical Union's Lehmann Medal site.
A lengthy scientific appreciation of Lehmann by the eminent seismologist Bruce Bolt.
Helen Tappan Loeblich (1917–2004)
One of the greatest names in paleontology, Helen worked on microfossils for six decades with her husband Al Loeblich.
Mary Horner Lyell (1808–1873)
The woman who married Sir Charles Lyell was his scientific partner; a biography by Dana Hunter.
Mary Somerville (1780-1872)
This extraordinary English woman was a crucial part of the planetary science community of her time as well as an expert mineralogist. This biography from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive must be read to be believed.
Dorothy L. Stout (1941–2001)
"An admired and revered leader in geoscience education" is remembered at the Dibblee Foundation site.
Marie Tharp (1920–2006)
Compiler of seafloor maps that first made the hidden Earth visible, Tharp's life and work are summarized in the Encyclopedia of World Biography. For more, see marietharp.com.