Hertz, Hooke Higgs, Hubble

By: ToniMary (School of Physics and Astronomy)
Competition Year: 2016
Votes (42) | Comments (4)
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Carl Sagan, Patrick Moore,
William Herschel, Niels Bohr.
Ernest Rutherford, Max Planck,
Richard Feynman, Paul Dirac.
Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle,
Stephen Hawking and Fred Hoyle.
Geiger, Müller, Johannes Kepler,
James Joule, Nikola Tesla.
Hertz, Hooke, Higgs, Hubble,
James Clerk-Maxwell, Bernard Lovell.
Christian Doppler, Georg Ohm,
James Watt and Roger Penrose.
Ampere, Coulomb, Becquerel,
Alexander Graham-Bell.
Faraday and Albert Einstein,
Look! There’s Brian Cox on prime-time.
Bill Nye- the Science Guy,
Novoselov and Andre Geim.
Schrödinger, Enrico Fermi,
Fritz Zwicky, Karl Jansky.
Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli,
Galileo Galilei.

The Physicists whose names prevail,
All just happen to be male.
They write the books, they’re on our screens,
But the women: nowhere to be seen.
Perhaps it’s ‘cause Physics is hard and tough,
And, naturally, that makes it “man stuff.”
Women make the odd appearance,
So Science is sexy or more appealing
to the boys who hope to be, one day,
Like Brian Cox or Brian May.
But what for me? Where’s my dream?
Hardly heard, seldom seen.
Finding women to rhyme was tricky to do,
Mainly because there are just so few!
Jocelyn Bell, Monica Grady,
Lise Meitner, Marie Curie.
Ada Lovelance, Vera Rubin,
Caroline Herschel, Rosalind Franklin.
I promise you, we do exist,
I just wish there were a longer list!
I want women in classrooms and women in labs.
On every Brownie Guide’s sash, the astronomy badge.
‘Cause, come on, space is cool no matter your gender!
Big bang, Milky Way, right through to the end of
the Earth or the birth of the brightest new star.
The Universe is waiting...
Whoever you are.
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Brilliant poem! Sums it all up really well. :)
Love it!
Peter Thompson:
Forgot to mention Madame Wu
And Dian Fossey. Noether, too.