Women in Science and Technology

Roberta Lynn Bondar – Space

Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario December 4, 1945. Canada’s first woman astronaut had flair. She took her favourite food, Girl Guide cookies, into space with her in 1992. She brought from space a real sense of just how delicate our small blue planet really is and is now using her photography to show and help save our earth’s environment. She has several university degrees. As Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, she continues to be an inspiration to Canadian youth. In October 2011 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Check out how many schools she went to in the “Canadian Who’s Who” at your library. Check out Dr. Bondar’s web page: http://www.robertabondar.com
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Harriet Brooks – Nuclear Physics

Born in Exeter, Ontario January 1, 1876; died January 1, 1933. She graduated from McGill University in 1888 and began research with the renowned Dr. Ernest Rutherford as Canada’s first woman nuclear physicist. In 1901 she was the first woman to study at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University in England. After she earned her Masters degree she worked for a short period of time in the Laboratory of Dr. Marie Curie. She returned to Canada to resume her work with Dr. Rutherford until 1907 when she married Frank Pitcher. Since protocol of the day was for women to not work once they were married, Harriet was forced to give up her work as a physicist. She turned her energies to raising her three children and remained active in the Federation of University Women.
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Connie Eaves – Genetics

Constance “Connie” Jean Eaves, born in Ottawa, Ontario May 22, 1944. Connie earned her B.A. and M.Sc. in genetics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and her PhD at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1969. She began work at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, but was soon recruited to the British Columbia Cancer Institute. She teaches at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medical Genetics. In 1980 she co-founded the Terry Fox Laboratory in British Columbia where she was Deputy Director from 1986 until 2000, when she became Director. Her work has been recognised internationally in hematopoietic-stem cell biology. She has published hundreds of articles, papers, conference proceedings and book chapters. Connie is an active member of numerous national and international scientific societies including as President of the International Society of Experimental Hematology. She is the proud mother of four children.
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Sylvia Olga Fedoruk – Medical Imaging

Born in Canora, Saskatchewan May 5, 1927. An excellent academic achiever Sylvia Fedoruk established her reputation in nuclear medicine research early in her career. She was instrumental in the development of the first cobalt radiation unit which is now in use as a treatment for some cancers. She was the first woman named to the position of Chancellor at the University of Saskatchewan. She was also the first woman trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and in 1973, she was the first woman appointed to the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada. She became the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan from 1988 to 1994. For balance, she enjoys sports and is a member of Canada’s Curling Hall of Fame. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1986.
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Elsie MacGill – Electrical Engineering

Elizabeth Muriel Gregory (Elsie) MacGill, born in Vancouver, British Columbia 1905; died November 4, 1980. She became Canada’s first woman graduate to hold a degree in electrical engineering. She also held a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. During WWII, her primary responsibility was the production of the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft. Her staff of 4,500 people produced more than 2,000 aircraft. In 1937, she was the first woman to be admitted corporate membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada. She is a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and is considered the first woman to be a designer of airplanes.
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Margaret Newton – Agricultural Sciences

Born in in Montreal, Quebec April 20, 1887; died April 6, 1971. During her early days of university study Margaret took an interest in diseases that related to Canada’s staple agricultural product, wheat. She was one of the first women in Canada to earn a degree in agriculture and she was the first Canadian woman to earn a PhD in agricultural sciences. Her lifetime work on wheat rust was so well respected that in 1922, she was invited to Russia to discuss her work. She was the second woman to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1942, she became the first woman recipient of the Flavelle Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Biological Science. The list of winners of this award contains no other winners who are women! The University of Victoria named one of its residences “Margaret Newton” Hall. After more than 25 years of research, she was forced to retire because of ill health.
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Nancy Margaret Reid – Statistics

Born in September 17, 1952. Starting out in computer studies she soon learned that she preferred statistics. She earned her B.A. from The University of Waterloo in Ontario, her Masters’ from the University of British Columbia and her PhD from Stanford University (USA) in 1979. She is currently a Professor of Statistics at the University of Toronto where she has taught since 1986 and served as chair of the department from 1997-2002. An elected member of several distinguished societies and associations in her field, she was the winner of the President’s Award of the Committee of Statistical Societies in 1992. The award recognised outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. In 1995 she was the first recipient of the Krieger-Nelson Prize lectureship for distinguished research by a woman in mathematics. She has produced over 50 journal publications in statistics as well as three major books in the field. All of this while being an mother of two active children!
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Veena Rawat – Electrical Engineering

Born in India, Veena Rawat moved to Ottawa in 1968. She is the first Canadian woman PhD graduate in electrical engineering and the only woman in her 1973 graduating class at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1974 she joined the Canada Department of Communications (forerunner of Industry Canada) . Her 36-year public service career has been studded with recognition. She received the Public Service Award of Excellence in 2011 for telecommunications and for her contributions to women in leadership. 1n 2003 she received the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Award as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from Industry Canada. 2004 saw her as Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications for the Canadian Women In Communications. In 2005 she was included in the listing of Canada’s Most Powerful Women as expressed by Canada’s Executive Women’s Network. That same year she was Professional Woman of the Year for the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 she won the Sara Kirke Award recognising her as Canada’s leading woman High Tech Entrepreneur from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. In 2004 she was the first woman president of the Communications Research Centre which is an internationally-renowned agency of Industry Canada. She retained this position until her retirement in June 2011. Always a mentor for women in the 1990s she worked with groups concerned with violence against women and with high school girls’ sports teams. She is also a volunteer mentor with the Women’s Executive Network.
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