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31/05/2016
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Remember the Ladies: Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the hypothetical law of conservation of parity. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, and also earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include “the First Lady of Physics”, “the Chinese Madame Curie”, and the “Queen of Nuclear Research”. Continue reading

24/05/2016
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Remember the Ladies: Patti LaBelle

The singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards presented her with the coveted Legend Award. Labelle has sold over 50 million records worldwide and Rolling Stone Magazine includes her on its 100 Greatest Singers List. She possesses the vocal range of a soprano. Patti LaBelle is also commonly identified as the “Godmother of Soul”, the “High Priestess of Good Vibrations”, and the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Soul”. Continue reading

16/05/2016
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Remember the Ladies: Janet Jackson

Having sold over 100 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. Jackson scored 18 consecutive top ten hits, setting a record for the most consecutive top 10 hits in history for a female singer, and only the third artist in history following Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, placing her at number seven, while in 2010, ranking her fifth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. In March 2014 Fuse listed Jackson as the third most awarded musician of all-time. One of the world’s most awarded artists, her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Continue reading

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