A truly astonishing group of women have made it to the shortlist for this year’s Science & Technology award:
Eleni Antoniadou, chief of science, Transplants Without Donors…
- Developed an artificial trachea that was used in the first successful fully functional artificial organ transplantation;
- Pioneering work has proved the potential of regenerative medicine;
- Worked closely with Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou on education issues; and
- Through the Women in Engineering foundation, created opportunities for prominent women scientists to present their work and life experiences.
Naomi Chayen, professor of biomedical science, Imperial College London…
- First woman, and longest-serving, president of the International Organization for Biological Crystallization;
- Trailblazer in the field of crystallization of biological molecules, enabling the design of new medicines;
- Her research has been translated into tangible products incorporated into a number of patents, including a crystallization agent called “Naomi’s Nucleant”; and
- Numerous innovative firsts, including development of early crystallization robots.
Lucy Dimes, CEO, UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent…
- In April 2011, became the first female CEO of Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland;
- Leading financial turnaround;
- Established A-L’s Diversity Forum, and sponsored the launch of its ‘StrongHer’ network; and
- In June 2012, became the first woman to join the Berendsen plc board, as a non-executive.
Athene Donald, professor, University of Cambridge…
- First female physics lecturer at Cambridge University;
- First first female professor in any of the physical sciences in Cambridge;
- The only female Royal Society fellow in the field of mainstream physics; and
- Cambridge University’s first gender equality champion.
Emma McGuigan, managing director, Accenture Technology Practice, Accenture…
- First and only female leader in Accenture’s architecture delivery and integration group, comprising 6,000 people worldwide;
- Promoted to MD in 2006 while on maternity leave with her second child;
- Led Accenture’s “Accent on Women” network for the past four years; and
- Established the career management programme for the 20 highest female performers in the technology practice.
Carol Robinson, professor of physical chemistry, University of Oxford…
- First female statutory chair in chemistry at the University of Oxford; previously first female Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge;
- Unorthodox career path, starting as a lab technician aged 16, rather than taking a degree;
- Ground-breaking leader in mass spectrometry; and
- Used £30,000 Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Prize to set up a fund to support visiting female lecturers.
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