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that the term "scientist” was coined in honor of an amazing woman, Mary Somerville.

“He called Somerville a scientist, in part because ‘man of science’ seemed inappropriate for a woman, but more significantly because Somerville’s work was interdisciplinary.”

brainpickings.org/2016/12/26/m

Very cool.

@gannet Oh, I read that some time ago too! Such a touching story and a prime example of how a man even at that time could understand that’s worthwhile to show real respect for a woman when he wanted to. Regardless of the fact that she didn’t fulfil the usual feminine social conventions of the period, he didn’t view that as a bad, but a good thing.

A prime example of the fact that those people who really wanted equality understood what it is even back then, and knew it’s right.

@mareklach exactly. They were also products “of their time”.

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