#TIL 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.”
Very cool. #science
@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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