Happy birthday Hedy Lamarr, wireless technology pioneer

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, born 100 years ago today, was best known for her work on the silver screen. The Vienna-born actress also gained recognition however for co-inventing the technology underpinning modern wireless communications.

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Angela Gallop, forensic scientist

Angela Gallop

Never before has the UK criminal justice system relied so heavy on scientific testimony – with thanks in large part to Dr Angela Gallop, one of the UK’s most eminent forensic scientists. As Chief Executive and Forensic Science Director of Axiom International Ltd, she is making the UK’s expertise in the field available to law enforcement authorities all over the world, and is recognized for her longstanding career in injecting an evidence-based approach into complex criminal investigations.  Continue reading

Bessie Coleman, pioneer aviator and stunt pilot

A pioneer in aviation, Bessie Coleman has a number of ‘firsts’ to her name. At a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Bessie broke barriers and became the world’s first black woman to earn a pilot’s licence,  America’s first black woman to fly a plane, and the first American overall with an international flying licence.  Continue reading