This British evolutionary botanist may be the most famous woman you have never heard of.

Even at the institution where she spent much of her professional career – the University of Leeds – according to the presenter in this video, some people only know “Irene Manton” as a building name.

I came across her name while reading a scientific paper and said to myself, whoa: there weren’t that many women in science in the 1930s and 1940s, let alone someone whose work (on plant biology and evolution) is still referenced frequently today.

Her Wikipedia page is fascinating, and so is this lengthy video, wherein Manton’s interest in both art and science are discussed.

Irene Manton was a scientist who knew and practiced daily the “flight from wonder” that Einstein once described, but this remarkable woman also had an ability to bring wonder and science together–by juxtaposing artwork and electron micrographs, for example.


Featured image by Mettenius, CC BY-SA 3.0.


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About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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