In nearly fifty years of working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gebbie was the director for the Physical Measurement Laboratory and its two immediate predecessors. During her time as director, four of the scientists working under her won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Rita Levi-Montalcini had to deal with patriarchal disapproval, Fascist anti-Semitism, misogyny and war before earning a Nobel Prize for discovering nerve growth factor. Says she, “If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize.”
Katherine Johnson was a “human computer” at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NASA), doing the math that would get Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin to space and back.