Ireland´s Greatest Women Inventor Competiton - four physicists in top ten

1 August 2013

Four Physicists are among the top ten finalists in the competition to find Ireland's Greatest Women Inventor. Silicon Republic in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft are running a competition to find Ireland's Greatest Women Inventor.

The physicists in the top ten are: Agnes Clerke (1842 - 1907) an astronomer and writer, Margaret Lindsay Huggins (1848-1915) who further developed the modern tool of stellar spectroscopy, Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) an  X-ray crystallographer and Annie Maunder (1868-1847) who studied the sun and solar eclipses.

The competition is designed to encourage young people aged 12 to 18 years to think about the contribution of these pioneering women. Attractive prizes include a trip to NASA Space Centre Houston, the Intel Museum in Silicon Valley and two days in San Francisco.  Runner-up prizes include a Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer and a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone, courtesy of Microsoft.

The closing date is 22nd August 2013. One grand-prize winner will be chosen at random before 30 August from those who voted for the winning woman inventor. The winner, once contacted, will be announced in September, and needs to be available to travel during mid-term break in February 2014.

To read up on the ten finalists, cast a vote and enter the competition, visit

The list of finalists was drawn up by Mary Mulvihill of Ingenious Ireland ( who has written a number of books celebrating the heritage of scienctific endeavour throughout Ireland. These include two IOPI-sponsored books: Lab Coats and Lace (2009) and Stars, Shells and Bluebells (1997). These and other books may be found at:

This competition is part of a year long initiative of the Silicon Republic to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths called Women Invent Tomorrow. It runs from March 2013 to March 2014. Recent highlights include the astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell presenting the report on women in STEM in Scotland. 

More details can be found at:

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