Saturday, 11 February 2017

Women in Science Day

Apparently, it's World Women in Science Day, so I thought I'd share a photo of an astrophysicist called Naziyah Mahmood:

As well as being an astrophysicist, she did her postgraduate work in Space Mission Analysis and Design. She has worked for the European Space Agency and has also worked on particle physics projects with data from CERN. As a STEM Development Manager, her role was to promote gender equality in science and engineering fields. (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
The YWCA chose her as one of Scotland's Most Inspirational Women Under 30, and EQUATE Scotland (an organisation for gender equality in science) chose her as an Inspiring Woman in STEM.
She was born in Scotland, and her family is of English, Pakistani and Arab origins. Most of her family are engineers, and she is also a hijab-wearing Muslim.

Naziyah practices martial arts, particularly the Korean style of Haidong Gumdo, with swords.
And she's a poet and short story writer.
And she's acted in the adaptation of a novel by Amy Hoff, Caledonia, which became a web series.
She also cosplays.

And she's done all of this with eyesight poor enough to be described as "partially blind" (which at the moment rules her out of her ambition to be an astronaut, for which applicants need 20/20 vision).

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