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Lady Ranelagh

Poncie Rutsch

Every early chemist has heard of Boyle’s law -- the equation that relates a gas’s pressure to its volume. But even if you have some awareness of Robert Boyle himself, it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of his sister...even though she was probably talking him through his ideas, either in person or by letter.

This episode of Babes of Science was produced in collaboration with Distillations Podcast

Music in this episode:
Theme: Showers by Podington Bear
Day Into Night by Rho
Daydream Shelshock by Wolf Asylum
Am I The Devil YEYEY
History Explains Itself by The Losers
Like Swimming Broke For Free
Insatiable Toad by Blue Dot Sessions
One And by Broke For Free
Modulation of the Spirit
Melt by Broke For Free
Eleanor by The Losers
I Am A Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie
Tidal Wave by YEYEY

Marguerite Perey

Poncie Rutsch

The Radium Institute--home to the research of both Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie...and the dozen or so women who worked with them, including Marguerite Perey (Image courtesy of The Radium Institute, Paris).

The Radium Institute--home to the research of both Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie...and the dozen or so women who worked with them, including Marguerite Perey (Image courtesy of The Radium Institute, Paris).

Marguerite Perey identified a new element called Francium while she was working in the Curie laboratory. So why don't we know her name?

Music in this episode:
Mile Post 1 by Alex Fitch
Drifting Spade by Blue Dot Sessions
Building The Sun by Broke For Free
Biolumina L2 by Little Glass Men
History Explains Itself by The Losers
Summer Spliffs by Broke For Free

Henrietta Lacks

Poncie Rutsch

Henrietta Lacks developed an aggressive form of cervical cancer, and died at the age of 31. The cells from the tumor on her cervix, however, are still alive today. More than twenty tons of her cells have grown in labs, participating in disease research for the polio vaccine and for AIDS treatment. And Henrietta's cells have literally traveled to space and back.

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Music in this episode: 
Secret Place by Alex Fitch
Kelp Grooves by Little Glass Men
Love is Not by Broke For Free
Tiptoe (Instrumental) by YEYEY
Is That You Or Are You You? Chris Zabriskie
Deadpanned by Jahzzar
With Many Tears by Candlegravity
Stakes and Things by Blue Dot Sessions
Melt by Broke for Free

Bertha Pappenheim/Anna O.

Poncie Rutsch

Bertha Pappenheim in 1882 (22 years old). Photography from the archive of Sanatorium Bellevue, Kreuzlingen, Germany via Wikimedia Commons.

Bertha Pappenheim in 1882 (22 years old). Photography from the archive of Sanatorium Bellevue, Kreuzlingen, Germany via Wikimedia Commons.

Bertha Pappenheim was spending each night by her sick father's bed when she began hallucinating. Josef Breuer would diagnose her with hysteria and spend two years practicing "the talking cure." He and Sigmund Freud later published her account as a case study under the name Anna O.

Music in this episode:
Dream Blaze by Little Glass Men
Delta by Podington Bear
Slow Slow Sky by Blue Dot Sessions
From Here to Iceland (Full) by Loch Lomond
A Suicide by Candlegravity
You Bastard! by The Losers
Daydreamer by Podington Bear
Jupiter The Blue by Gillicuddy
The Temperature on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chis Zabriskie
How it Fades by Scott Gratton
Be Mine and Be Kind (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond

Irène Joliot-Curie

Poncie Rutsch

Irène Joliot-Curie after presenting her PhD dissertation on May 23, 1921 (Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Irène Joliot-Curie after presenting her PhD dissertation on May 23, 1921 (Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Irène Joliot-Curie found that radioactivity wasn't just something to be found in the earth's elements -- scientists could make other metals radioactive. And then her research took her right up to nuclear fission...and World War II.

Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie in their laboratory in 1935. (Public domain, originally from Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie in their laboratory in 1935. (Public domain, originally from Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Music in this episode:
Thematic by Blue Dot Sessions
Divider by Chris Zabriskie
John Stockton Slow Drag by Chris Zabriskie
Frog Legs Rag by James Scott from 1906 piano roll
Keep The Prices Down by Podington Bear
Morning Mist by Podington Bear
The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions
Beachhead by Podington Bear
Grand Fell by Blue Dot Sessions
Because You Hold Me Tight by Alex Fitch

Irène helps her mother, Marie Curie with a piezo-quartz electrometer, circa 1923. Photo via the Wellcome Trust.

Irène helps her mother, Marie Curie with a piezo-quartz electrometer, circa 1923. Photo via the Wellcome Trust.