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Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan

Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan helped pioneer the scientific analysis of native Israeli flora and establish the study of botany and genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Steve Benson on the Death of Elsa Neumann

This Week in History: On July 23, 1902, Elsa Neumann, the first female doctoral graduate of the University of Berlin, died in a lab accident. Steve Benson describes her struggles to attain her degree, and her work to ensure other women scientists had fewer hurdles to overcome.
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This Week in History: On July 23, 1902, Elsa Neumann, the first female doctoral graduate of the University of Berlin, died in a lab accident. Steve Benson describes her struggles to attain her degree, and her work to ensure other women scientists had fewer hurdles to overcome.

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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On July 23, 1902, Elsa Neumann, the first female doctoral graduate of the University of Berlin, died in a lab accident. Steve Benson describes her struggles to attain her degree, and her work to ensure other women scientists had fewer hurdles to overcome.
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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On July 23, 1902, Elsa Neumann, the first female doctoral graduate of the University of Berlin, died in a lab accident. Steve Benson describes her struggles to attain her degree, and her work to ensure other women scientists had fewer hurdles to overcome.

Edith Bulbring

Physiologist Edith Bülbring was so frustrated by the unpredictable responses of smooth muscle tissue in the lab that she made them her life’s work, becoming one of the most respected experts in her field.

Batsheva Bonne-Tamir

By studying both isolated and mixed populations in Israel, Batsheva Bonne-Tamir uncovered the genetic histories and relationships between long-separated communities.

Yehudith Birk

Yehudith Birk’s investigations into the protein structures of legumes like soy and chickpeas led to vital discoveries about both the nutritional value of legumes and their potential for combatting certain cancers.

Sarah Bavly

As one of the chief nutritionists and dieticians of Palestine and the emerging State of Israel, Sarah Bavly had to improvise workable plans for everything from offering school lunches to feeding boatloads of refugees.

Ruth Arnon

Immunologist Ruth Arnon and her long-time collaborator Michael Sela made unprecedented breakthroughs when they developed the first synthetic antigen and the first drug approved for treating multiple sclerosis, Copaxone.

Tikvah Alper

Radiobiologist Tikvah Alper, who spent a lifetime questioning accepted theories and the established order, discovered that diseases like scrapie and mad cow replicated without DNA.

Tikvah Alper

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Tikvah Alper.
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Tikvah Alper.

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