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List of famous female chemists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female chemists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being chemists. There are thousand of females working as chemists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic chemists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a chemist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Susan Solomon.

While this isn't a list of all female chemists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female chemists?" and "Who are the best female chemists?"
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Chemists
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Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism. Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)

Birthplace: Grantham, United Kingdom

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Chemists
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska in Warsaw, in what was then the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. She studied at Warsaw's clandestine Floating University and began her ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

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Rosalind Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Chemists
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Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her DNA work posthumously achieved the most profound impact as DNA plays a central role in biology, as it carries the genetic information that is passed from parents to their offsprings. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 38 (1920-1958)

Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

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Stephanie Kwolek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Chemists
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Stephanie Louise Kwolek was an American chemist, whose career at the DuPont company covered over forty years. She is best known for inventing the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar. For her discovery, Kwolek was awarded the DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. As of February 2015, she was the only female employee to have received that honor. In 1995 she became the fourth woman to be added to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Kwolek won numerous awards for her work in polymer chemistry, including the National Medal of Technology, the IRI Achievement Award ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 91 (1923-2014)

Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

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