Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1933-2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only the second female Supreme Court Justice in American history, was a fierce champion for women’s rights in the US, right up until her recent death aged 87. Combining an argumentative flair with exceptional...

Billie Holiday

1915-1959 Billie Holiday When you think of real jazz you think of the greats and among them shines one star in particular that against all odds paved the way to the status of being legendary. But while we know Billie Holiday as a supremely talented jazz singer,...

Marie Curie

1867-1934   Marie Curie When we think of ‘radioactivity’, we think of dangerous chemicals and nuclear meltdowns, or of X-rays and related advances in medical treatment, or commercial flights that expose us to it. We are aware of its huge impact on our lives In...

Tu Youyou

B. 1930   Tu Youyou Tu Youyou saves millions of lives every year through her invention and is celebrated as a true groundbreaker. She is the first Chinese winner of the Nobel Prize in a scientific category Physiology or Medicine, and she did it without a doctorate or...

Grace Hopper

1906-1992   Grace Murray Hopper Dr Grace Murray Hopper revolutionised and modernised computer programming by inventing the first compiler, a program that converts programming code into machine language. She was one of the first computer programmers, working on the...