Lab Coats And Lace

WITS has a number of projects celebrating the the achievements of women in STEM and through various media seeks to inspire women in their chosen careers and also to document the contribution of women in this area.

Lab Coats and Lace: The lives and legacies of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers

Lab Coats and Lace

This book is a source of pioneering Irish female roles models in science, engineering, astronomy, medicine, technology and other STEM disciplines. The book was published in 2008 has been distributed to secondary level schools across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Example biographies in the book include:

  • Physicist Alice Everett from Belfast was an astronomer, and was among the first people researching television technology in the late 1920s.
  • A type of diamond is named after Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, whose work revealed the structure of many chemical compounds.
  • Mathematician Kay McNulty, from Donegal, worked on the ENIAC computer during World War II, helping to inaugurate the field of modern computer programming.