8 Historic Elections in Science 

The Authorea Team

The scientific community holds elections for various academies, positions, and prizes. Much like in politics, the elections have not always been open to everyone. Here we highlight 8 "firsts" in elections in light of the current United States presidential election. 
First Woman Member of the National Academy of Sciences: Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953) 
Elected in 1925, Dr. Florence Rena Sabin was the first female member of the NAS. Dr. Sabin was also the first woman on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read more about Dr. Sabin here.





First African American elected member of the NAS: David Blackwell (1919-2010).
Elected in 1965, Dr. David Blackwell was the first African American elected member of the NAS. Read more about Dr. Blackwell here.




First female President of the National Academy of Sciences and first Editor-in-chief of Science: Marcia McNutt
Dr. Marcia McNutt was elected as the first female president of the NAS on February 16th, 2016. Read more about Dr. McNutt here 

 

First Elected Woman to American Association for the Advancement of Science: Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)
American astronomer Maria Mitchell was the first female elected to the AAAS in 1848. Read more about Mitchell here.



First Woman to win the Nobel Prize (1903, 1911): Dr. Marie Curie
Dr. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in 1903. She subsequently won it in 1911 as well, amongst many other accomplishments. Read more about Curie here



First woman elected President of the AAAS: Dr. Mina Rees (1902-1997)
Mathematician Dr. Mina Rees was the first woman to be elected as the president of the AAAS in 1971. Read more about Rees here.


First woman elected Director of the National Institutes of Health: Dr. Bernadine Healy (1944-2011)
Physician Dr. Bernadine Healy was the first woman to be elected as the director of the NIH in 1991. Read more about Rees here.


First African American elected as President of the AAAS: Dr. Walter Massey
American Physicist Dr. Walter Massey was the first African American to be elected as the president of the AAAS in 1989. Read more about Massey here. 


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