Science Center Superheros
From pioneers to visionaries, our science center was built with brilliant minds, perseverance, and resilience. These are the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
Superheroes take many forms. Some are fearless pioneers driven by commitment and perseverance while others are great visionaries with brilliant minds. We’ve had more than a few superheroes at our science center, each with their own special powers helping them navigate tough and seemingly insurmountable challenges. For our 150th anniversary, we’re taking a look back and highlighting a few of our history makers, notable women scientists, and others who’ve contributed to our science center and its excellence.
We’ve had quite a few history makers since our formation in 1871. Through scientific advances, foresight, leadership, timing, or a combination of all of these, they’ve made significant contributions to our Science Center and its excellence. Here are Science Center superheroes who made history:
Spencer Baird: naturalist, collector, and museum organizer who founded the field of fisheries science and much more.
Paul Simon Galtsoff: Oyster Researcher and Woods Hole Lab Advocate
Ken Sherman: Plankton Biologist With A Global Perspective
Victor Loosanoff: Russian refugee and shellfish science icon
Notable Women Scientists
Men have dominated the sciences throughout history. There were very few women role models in science and little support for girls and young women to pursue a career in science. As a result, girls and young women were led to think science wasn’t for them. Fortunately, a few notable women didn’t listen. They defied social norms and expectations to become scientists and superheroes for the next generation of women scientists. We’re taking a look back at some of the trailblazing women scientists at our science center.
Eugenia Galtsoff (1920): Russian immigrant scientist. Like a phoenix from the ashes, she arose. Eugenia Galtsoff’s life of privilege wasn’t without challenges and hardships.
Mary Jane Rathbun (1881): One of the world's leading expets on crabs and crab taxonomy.