Citizen Science, and the Uncovering of History of Female Scientists

The image within this image is an important historical artefact.  Depicting a microscopical section of a rat-flea, this was an important contribution to science by Mabel Rhodes, a name lost to history.  This picture helps us rediscover the contributions of women to science in the early 20th century.  But, looking at the whole picture, tells another story: the discovery of this scientific heroine was not made by professional historians, but rather by ‘citizen scientists’ working on sciencegossip.org.  The story of this image is one where the public takes an active role in researching our collective pasts.

 

Geoffrey Belknap Department of English

 

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