The Bank of England has asked members of the public to nominate scientists they think should be on the new £50 note. Early favourites include physicist Stephen Hawking, the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace and chemist Rosalind Franklin. You can’t, unfortunately, vote for Doctor Who.
Stephen Hawking or the “grandmother of computing” Ada Lovelace are early favourites.
Ada Lovelace Day serves as a good reminder - there are badass women throughout history doing incredible work in the STEM fields
Today, she's still a role model for girls interested in STEM careers, and Ada Lovelace Day is often used to highlight the shortage of women in these professions. Rightly so. Computing's come a long way since then but the rise of women in the workplace, particularly in tech, hasn't kept pace.
Perhaps surprisingly, we are finally at a point where there are actually more women entering the scientific pipeline than there are men. However, it is at the top of the ivory tower where the disparities lie - there are much fewer women in top management roles than men.
The Queen sent her first ever tweet at the recent opening of a new exhibition at London's Science Museum. The tweet read: 'it is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.' The Queen has a history of engaging with modern technology.
Since 2009, academics from around the globe have been celebrating Ada Lovelace Day every mid-October. Never head of her? Well
In my book "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets", I explain that all these maths references have been inserted by writers on The Simpsons who have strong mathematical backgrounds, including masters degrees and PhDs.
When building startups to rival the big tech firms, female developers often have the upper hand because they are able to think as intuitive users rather than "code monkeys" and so our skills are in enormous demand - 'tis true, the Geeks have inherited the earth at long last!
Most of us know Wikipedia as the free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively by millions of volunteers from around the world. I am one of those writers for the last 3 years. It was by writing articles about medical sciences that I started contributing to Wikipedia.