We provide links here to a number of physics biographies arranged by subject area in accordance with the (UK) secondary school physics curriculum, so that teachers and students can read about the work of a diverse range of physicists. Further information about some of these physicists – and others – can be found on the Wikipedia Women in Physics page. If you come across others you think we should include in the sections below, please let us know by email to executivedirector@sepnet.ac.uk.

Energy

Annie Easley (1933-2011): bio#1;
Emmy Noether (1882-1935): bio#1
Maria Telkes (1900-1995): bio#1

Electricity

Hertha Ayrton (1854–1923): bio#1;
Olga Gonzalez-Sanabria (): bio#1
Esther Sans Takeuchi (b.): bio#1;
Maria Telkes (1900-1995): bio#1

Particle model of matter

Marietta Blau (1894-1970): bio#1;
Fabiola Gianotti (b. 1960): bio#1
Emmy Noether (1882-1935): bio#1
Hertha Wambacher (1902-1950): bio#1
Toshiko Yuasa (1909-1980): bio#1;
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997): bio#1

Atomic structure

Marie Skłodowska Curie (1867-1934): bio#1; bio#2; bio#3
Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956): bio#1
Berta Karlik (1904-1990): bio#1
Lise Meitner (1878-1968): bio#1; bio#2; bio#3
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972): bio#1; bio#2
Marguerite Perey (1909-1975): bio#1

Forces

Sophie Germain (1776-1831): bio#1;

Waves

Optics and lasers
Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979): bio#1;
Charles Kao (1933-2018): bio#1
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972): bio#1; bio#2
Donna Strickland (b.1959): bio#1
Ibn Al-Haytham (c. 965 – c. 1040): bio#1;

Magnetism and electricity 

Space physics

Dark Matter
Vera Rubin (1928-2016): bio#1; bio#2; bio#3; bio#4

Stellar and Galactic astrophysics
Erika Helga Ruth Böhm-Vitense (1923-2017): bio#1;
Jocelyn Bell-Burnell (b.1943): bio#1
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995): bio#1
Dilhan Ezer Eryurt (1926-2012): bio#1;
Andrea Ghez (b. 1965): bio#1
Edith Alice Müller (1918-1995): bio#1;
Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin (1900-1979): bio#1;
Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018): bio#1 
Beatrice Muriel Tinsley (1941-1981): bio#1; bio#2
Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921): bio#1;
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979): bio#1;
Mary Sommerville (1780-1782): bio#1;

Nuclear astrophysics
E. Margaret Peachey Burbidge (1919-2020): bio#1; bio#2 
Georgeanne (Jan) R. Caughlan (1916-1994): bio#1;
Marie Skłodowska Curie (1867-1934): bio#1;
William Fowler (1911-1995): bio#1;
Ștefania Mărăcineanu (1882-1944): bio#1;
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972): bio#1;

Space Programme
Katherine Johnson (1918-2020): bio#1;
Valentina Tereshkova (1937- ): bio#1;
Mae Jemison (1956- ): bio#1;

Computing

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): bio#1;
Grace Hopper (1906-1992): bio#1;
Lene Hau (1959- ): bio#1;

Engineering

Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903): bio#1;