Primatologist, Ethologist, Anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania.
Acrylic and digital.
Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914-January 19, 2000)
Most known for her Hollywood career in the 1930-40s, but she was also a highly talented mathematician and inventor. During WWII she worked with composer George Antheil and experimented with the automated control of musical instruments. Together they discovered frequency hopping (encryption of control signals, which makes it impossible to target to scam, and jam all the frequencies.) Their invention laid the essential groundwork for communication technology such as GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth devices. Initially Lamar's contribution was overlooked in discovering this technology, but in 2014 she was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Acrylic, ink, pen & digital.
Ada Lovelace, The Enchantress of Numbers
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Ada Lovelace is one of my nerdy heroes. Born in 1815 to poet Lord Byron and Anne Byron. Considered to be the world's first computer programmer with the invention of the first computer algorithm. She had an ongoing collaboration with Charles Babbage, who called Lovelace the "Enchantress of Numbers."
Watercolor, collage, & digital.
Ada Lovelace and the Flying Machine
Ada Lovelace, from a young age, often thought of designing a steam-powered flying machine. “I have got a scheme,” she wrote to her mother, “to make a thing in the form of a horse with a steamengine in the inside so contrived as to move an immense pair of wings, fixed on the outside of the horse, in such a manner as to carry it up into the air while a person sits on its back.”
Watercolor and digital.
Ada -Character Design
Ada's mother, Annabella Byron, having suffered abuses from her father, English poet Lord Byron, decided that Ada should be heavily tutored in math from the age of 4, in order to escape her father's romantic ideals and moody nature.
Watercolor & digital.
Pencil & Digital.
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Bessie Coleman dreamed of becoming a pilot, but because she was a black woman, no American schools would admit her. Bessie decided to teach herself French and study at a French flight school. Despite all the discrimination, she became the first African American woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.
Nicknamed Queen Bessie and Daredevil Aviatrix, she earned a living as a highly popular stunt flyer. She did not put up with discrimination at the shows where she preformed. On one account she learned that the black audiences and white audiences were using separate entrances, and she refused to preform unless they made one entrance for all audience members. At another show, she found out that it was for "white viewers only" and refused to preform.
Bessie died, at age 33, doing what she loved.
Nellie Bly (Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran 1864-1922)
Pioneered investigative journalism by feigning insanity and engineering her own commitment to a mental asylum, which lasted 10 days. She exposed the mental institution's horrid conditions and the abuse of it's patients, which led to a grand jury investigation and, ultimately, to reforms and funding for treatment of people with mental illness. The New York Evening Journal called her "the best reporter in America."
Also, inspired by Jules Verne's book Around the World in 80 Days, Bly decided to take a whirlwind trip and broke the world record. Traveling by ship, train, and burro, she returned back to New York in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.
Queen Anna Nzinga
Queen Anna Nzinga AKA Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande. (1583-1663)
Born in precolonial Angolia, Nzinga was the leader and eventual Queen that fought off the Portuguese for four decades in attempts to eradicate the capture and enslavement of African people. Nzinga sent ambassadors and representatives throughout West and Central Africa with the goal of forming a coalition to eject the Portuguese.
History scholar, John Henrik Clark referenced Nzinga as the "greatest military strategist that ever confronted the armed forces of Portugal."