Polish women in science

A. Ochman
Estimated reading time: 2 min

They lived at a time when a scientific career was almost exclusively reserved for men. And yet they managed to become famous in the world of science. Who are Polish women in science? They are pioneers, explorers and specialists. Meet them!

Polish Nobel Prize winner

The name of Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of the most often mentioned when asked about Polish scientists. She is the first woman in science in the world to receive the Nobel Prize. Not once, but twice. She is known for achievements in physics and chemistry. She also became the world’s first woman to hold a professorship at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her biography? Oh, it’s really interesting!


Science was their passion

Another Polish superhero is Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. After graduating from high school, as a young girl, she began fascinating zoological studies. After the war, in which she actively participated, she moved to the Zoology Museum. There she decided to devote herself to palaeontology. Today, she is considered one of the most outstanding experts in her field. She has discovered hundreds of long-extinct animal species, many of which are named after her first or last name.

Wilhelmina Iwanowska was also a Pole who devoted herself completely to her passions. Her hobby was astronomy and stars. Her research has shown that the universe is twice as large as previously believed.

Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

A superhero from centuries ago

In the 17th century, the chances of a woman becoming a surgeon were almost zero. And yet Magdalena Bendzisławska managed to do it. She studied under the supervision of her husband, whom she was an assistant. They worked together in the salt mine in Wieliczka. After her husband died, she succeeded him. And so the impossible has become possible.

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Agnieszka Ochman

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27.05.2022 1 min of reading