Because women were traditionally associated with flowers, botany was one of the first sciences deemed appropriate for them. However, in the early twentieth century, they were still not allowed to enter zoology, watch dissections or attend lectures on anything connected with reproduction. Later, as increasing numbers of women chose to study biology at university, it became known as a ‘soft science’, supposedly easier and more feminine than ‘hard sciences’ such as physics and chemistry.

In this section you will find scientists working in Bacteriology, Botany, Immunology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Ornithology, Protozoology, Veterinary Medicine and Zoology.