Intellectually gifted but inherently fragile – society's view of female scientists as experienced by seismologist Inge Lehmann up to 1930

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The road to success for Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann (1888–1993) – known for her 1936 discovery of the Earth's inner core – was difficult and full of challenges. While she herself refused to accept any notion of gender difference ascribed, society at large was less open-minded. Using newly discovered, unpublished historical documents, this article examines to what degree her gender played a decisive role in her graduate and postgraduate experiences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHistory of Geo- and Space Sciences
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2022


  • seismology
  • Inge Lehmann
  • women in sceince

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