Women in STEM Part II

Women in STEM is an ongoing effort of mine to popularise and represent women in STEM fields. This post will be updated as more paintings are completed.

Miniatures inspired by a Mughal style miniature exhibited at CSMVS museum featuring portraits of Mughal queens and noblewomen.

Mixed media on paper | 5 cm by 6 cm

Dr. Anandibai Joshi

Dr. Anandibai Joshi was the first female doctor in India. She was the first Indian woman to graduate with a degree in Western medicine in the United States. Married at the age of 9, Anandibai’s husband urged her to study medicine. On her return to India in 1886 she was appointed as the physician in charge of the female ward of the Albert Edward Hospital in Kolhapur. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 21, in 1887.


Dr. Fabiola Gianotti

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti is a particle physicist, and Director General of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research). She is the first woman to hold this post. Gianotti is a research physicist and has worked on the ATLAS experiment (that discovered the Higgs particle); among several other experiments.


Gwynne Shotwell

The iconic Gwynne Shotwell, boss lady at @spacex. Gwynne has degrees in mechanical engineering and applied math; and worked at Chrysler, the Aerospace Corporation, and Microcosm (a space start up) before joining as SpaceX’s 7th employee. She is currently the President & COO, Elon Musk’s “ultimate confidante”, and is responsible for keeping everyone’s shit together at SpaceX.


Dr. Miranda Cheng

Dr. Miranda Cheng is a mathematician and theoretical physicist who works as an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam. She is known for her work on string theory and umbral moonshine (a mathematical concept).


Dr. Katie Bouman

Dr. Katie Bouman- a computer scientist who played a major role in taking the first picture of a black hole; one of the most relevant women in STEM today.


Alyssa Carson

Alyssa Carson, also known by the call sign Blueberry, is an American astronaut trainee who aims to be the first human to go to Mars in 2033.

She first attended U.S. Space Camp in 2008. She also attended other space camps in Laval, Quebec and in Izmir, Turkey making her the first person to visit all three NASA Space Camps.

At age 16, she became the youngest recruit to enter and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy with Project PoSSUM (Project Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) — a training program for would-be astronauts.
She’s also enrolled in collegiate-level courses in space physiology, space atmosphere, and researching and instrumentation.


Dr. Gabriella Gonzalez

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez is a professor of physics and astronomy at the Louisiana State University. She served as the spokesperson for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) collaboration between 2011-2017. She is known for her work on Brownian motion as a limit to the sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors. In 2017 Gonzalez was elected as a member in the U.S National Academy of Sciences.


Minal Sampath

Minal Sampath is a systems engineer with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Minal was part of the Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission team that sent a space probe to Mars’ orbit.
Mangalyaan was India’s first interplanetary mission. It made India the first Asian nation to reach Martian orbit and the first nation in the world to do so in its maiden attempt.

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