She's Got Moxxie - Inge Lehmann
Women are making amazing contributions in all industries. Recently, we came across the story of a determined "sHe's Got Moxxie" pioneering woman who, in her time, may not have always gotten the recognition she deserved for her determination and scientific discoveries.
And so we share.....
As a Danish seismologist and geophysicist is known as the "Discoverer of the Earth's Inner Core." Seismologists had been unable to explain careful measurements of seismic waves from earthquakes, which were inconsistent with the Earth having a single molten core. After a large earthquake in 1929, Lehmann analysed the seismic wave measurements, and she concluded that Earth must have a solid inner core and a molten outer core to produce seismic waves that matched the measurements. Other seismologists tested and then accepted Lehmann's explanation.
Born in Denmark in 1888, “the only Danish seismologist,” as she once referred to herself—Lehmann was a pioneer among women and scientists. Her early education was at a progressive school where boys and girls were treated exactly alike. This was a sharp contrast to the mathematical and scientific community she later encountered, about which she once protested to her nephew, Niles Groes, “You should know how many incompetent men I had to compete with—in vain.”
When Lehmann received the William Bowie medal in 1971, the highest honor of the American Geophysical Union, she was described as “the master of a black art for which no amount of computerizing is likely to be a complete substitute.” Lehmann lived to be 105.