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March 16, 2018

More comics about scientists

Filed under: comics, science — ootastic @ 12:54 pm

It’s come to my attention that my recent blog post missed some interesting comics about scientists, so please consider this a follow-up.  Matteo Farinella pointed me to his collection of Cartoon Science links, which includes Darwin: A Graphic Biography (sub-titled “the Really Exciting and Dramatic Story of a Man who Mostly Stayed at Home and Wrote Some Books”) by Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr. As recommended by Jordan Collver, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm chronicles the controversial endeavours of Robert Oppenheimer and other atomic physicists.  Also from the same creator is Attitiudes vs Actions, a graphic essay about sociologist Richard LaPiere’s research into racial discrimination.

I was especially pleased to find more stories about female scientists. Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini has been the subject of two comics: Finding her Nerve by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham of PhDcomics fame), and a 40-page comic by Manfredi Toraldo and Franceso Mobili. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu includes astronaut Mae Jemison (who also features in the Women of NASA Lego set) and forensic pioneer Frances Glessner Lee.  Also immortalised in Lego is NASA computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who has been captured in comic form by Lucy KniselyFor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, Dale deBakcsy and Ele Willoughby have been tweeting comics and lino cuts (respectively) about illuminaries such as physicist Chien Shiung Wu, computer scientist Grace Hopper, astronomer Caroline Herschel and botanist Anna Atkins.  Finally (for now), Rachel Ignotofsky’s illustrated Women In Science includes mathematician Katherine Johnson and chemist Rosalind Franklin.


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