Ian Mulvany

May 13, 2021

The importance of diversity in science

#diversity #gender #science 

I read through this twitter thread just now:

https://twitter.com/ChemistryKit/status/1392076489760419849?s=20

and I was struck by how it contrasted with the picture of high class research that Dominic Cummings presented to a UK Government Select Committee a few weeks back in which he effectively said that the direction of important breakthrough work should be left to known experts - in effect middle class white men. 

While this is wrong, I think it is helpful to have the stories of those whose greater contributions have been lost to us, so that we can carry those stories with us, as a way to counterbalance the normative narrative. 

Margret Melhase is a great, but sad, example - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Melhase