The Science History Institute, a non-profit located in Philadelphia, is using social media in an effort to identify women in historic photographs n their archive. For example, in the photo below, only the man has been identified, as Michael Somogyi, then professor of biochemistry at the Washington University and Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, now Barnes Jewish Hospital. The others were only labeled as “female laboratory assistants.”
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Though not initially acknowledged, Maria Winkelmann Kirch was the first woman to discover a comet — dubbed the Comet of 1702 — but her husband claimed the discovery. It wasn’t until just before her husband's death in 1710 that he revealed his wife was the one who made the discovery, when he published the finding in the first journal for the Academy of Science in Berlin.