The Original Hidden Figures

The Women Scientists Who Won the Great War


In the center of many British towns stands a cenotaph, a memorial tomb honoring the native sons who gave their lives during World War I. Etched into the plinths, in between carved garlands and laurels, are the names and military ranks of the fallen. Additional rows list the soldiers and sailors lost in later conflicts. On Remembrance Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I, red silk poppies adorn the monuments in remembrance of these patriots’ sacrifices. Unrecorded and unrecognized, much less inscribed in stone, is an entire class of patriots that British society has willfully forgotten over …