helene ruiz

Joined October 2007

Helene Ruiz was born January 15, 1958 in New York City. She has exhibited and curated numerous shows and is the founder of The Urban...


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Hypatia of Alexandria (AD 350 and 370-415) Greek scholar from Alexandria, Egypt, and considered the first notable woman in mathematics. Around 400 AD, she became head of the Platonist school of Alexandria. During her life, she discouraged mysticism and encouraged logical and mathematical studies.
Eventually, she was killed by a Coptic Christian mob who blamed her for religious turmoil. She has been hailed as a “valiant defender of science against religion”.
Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749) French Physicist and Mathematician who translated Newton’s Principia, into French, which was published after her death. Du Chatelet disguised herself as a man in order to study science, and was supported by her father to seek an education because he thought she was too ugly to receive a marriage proposal, although she did marry at 19 years of age.
She later became the mistress of Voltaire, who wrote a “Preface historique” to Principia. In a letter to his friend King Frederick II of Prussia, Voltaire declared that du Châtelet was “a great man whose only fault was being a woman.”
Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) Famous astronomer, who acted as an assistant to her brother, William Herschel. She discovered eight comets between 1786 and 1797, and submitted an Index to Flamsteed’s Observations of the Fixed Stars (including over five hundred omitted stars) to the Royal Society in 1798, becoming the first woman to present a paper there.
In 1835, she and Mary Fairfax Somerville were the first two women to be elected to the Royal Astronomical Society. In 1935 C. Herschel crater in the Sinus Iridium on the Moon was named in her honor. In 1846 at the age of 96, she was awarded the Gold Medal for Science by the King of Prussia.
Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze aka Madame Lavoisier (1758-1836) Considered “the mother of modern chemistry,” she is most commonly known as the wife of Antoine Lavoisier, but many do not know of her own accomplishments in the field of chemistry.
Marie-Anne accompanied Lavoisier in his lab, making entries into his lab notebooks and sketching diagrams of his experimental designs. She was able to accurately draw experimental apparatuses, which helped Lavoisier’s contemporaries understand his work.
A master in English, Latin, and French languages, she translated various works into French for her husband to read; he relied on her to keep abreast of current developments in chemistry.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) Hailed as the “First Programmer.” Born Augusta Ada Byron, King was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She is widely known for writing a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She wrote programs, manipulating symbols according to rules, for the machine that Babbage had not yet built. While some, like Babbage, focused only on the number-crunching capabilities of computers, King foresaw their potential to do more.
The computer language Ada, created by the U.S. Defense Department, was named after Lovelace.
Mae Carol Jemison (1956- ) American physician and NASA astronaut who was the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992. She entered Stanford University at 16 years of age.
“When I grew up in the 1960s the only American astronauts were men. Looking out the window of that space shuttle, I thought if that little girl growing up in Chicago could see her older self now, she would have a huge grin on her face.”

did u know that Historians have given us a picture of women inventors in the 19th century as a group that faced and often overcame significant hurdles to achieve their goals. Their one common bond is an innate curiosity that spurs them on to find something new, something better. Today, only about 10% of all patents are awarded to women.

Much of the history of contemporary women inventors remains to be written, Hopefully, as we learn more about these creative women, their stories will inspire future generations of Women Inventors.

1843 Ada Augusta Lovelace, laid some of the early conceptual and technical groundwork for high technology by helping develop an early computer.
1903 Marie Curie was the first female recipient of a Nobel Prize, for the discovery of radioactive elements.
Mary Anderson was awarded a patent in 1903 for a window cleaning device, a foreruuner to the windshield wiper.

1904 Lizzie Magie invents a game called The Landlords Game a forerunner of the Monopoly game.
1946 Marion Donovan sold her disposable diaper invention for about $1 million “in order to devote more time to developing other inventions”.
1952 Grace Hopper was credited with devising the first compiler, a program that translates instructions for a computer from English to machine language.
1959 Ruth Handler invented an anatomically improbable molded plastic statuette named Barbie. Since its debut in 1959, the Barbie doll has become an American icon that functions as both a steady outlet for girls’ dreams and an ever changing reflection of American society.
1965 Stephanie Kwolek invented one of the modern world’s most readily recognized and widely used materials: Kevlar. Her name appears on 16 patents; she is sole patent holder on seven.
1991 Naomi Nakao, is a practicing gastroenterologist, founder of Granit Medical Innovations in 1989 and inventor of the Nakao Snare in 1991. She has 54 patents or patent pending in her name.
1993 One Saturday morning in 1993, when she was eight years old, Abigail M. Fleck and her father, Jonathan, were cooking bacon in their St. Paul, Minnesota home. Inspired by an offhand comment from her father,. Abbey Fleck invented a new, quicker and healthier way to cook bacon, then founded a company to sell her product, The Makin’ BaconŒ.
2002 Under Helen Greiner’s leadership, iRobot Corporation is delivering robots into the industrial, consumer, academic, and military markets. In 2002, the ROOMBA robot vacuum was introduced to the consumer products marketplace.

Shirley Ann Jackson (1946-) US physicist. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1973, only the second African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the US. Jackson is a trustee at MIT and a former chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In 1998, she was inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame for “her significant contributions as a distinguished scientist and advocate for education, science, and public policy”. She was also was named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Science by Discover magazine.

“Aim for the stars so that you can reach the treetops, and at least you’ll get off the ground.” -Jackson quotes her father as saying

This list goes on and on and on…..I am INSPIRED! YES!

The info above has inspired my paintings included in my series “Sabor Feminina” (Feminine Flavor)

Sabor Feminina Series
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La Inspiradora (The Inspirer)
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Ghost Stories, past and present
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