The pioneering Irishwomen who made exciting Space discoveries

Space Week: Remarkable women strategically navigated a male-dominated field

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is popularly known for being denied a share in the 1974 Nobel Prize for physics: ‘I have had so many prizes … that actually I think I have had far more fun than if I’d got a Nobel Prize, which is a bit flash-in-the-pan.’

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is popularly known for being denied a share in the 1974 Nobel Prize for physics: ‘I have had so many prizes … that actually I think I have had far more fun than if I’d got a Nobel Prize, which is a bit flash-in-the-pan.’

While gender imbalance continues in astronomy and astrophysics, some remarkable Irishwomen have strategically navigated the male-dominated scientific world to make exciting discoveries and produce important work.

Pioneering 19th-century women astronomers paved the way for later women like astrophysicist Susan McKenna-Lawlor of Maynooth University. Her work as managing director of Space Technology Ireland Ltd, and her role in experiments flown on missions to Mars, Venus and the moon, continues to shape our knowledge of the universe.

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