Viral Discoveries, 1929
Viral Discoveries, 1929
The “mother of plant virology and serology,” Helen Purdy Beale, developed techniques to understand the nature of viruses that went unappreciated for decades.
Viral Discoveries, 1929
Viral Discoveries, 1929

The “mother of plant virology and serology,” Helen Purdy Beale, developed techniques to understand the nature of viruses that went unappreciated for decades.

The “mother of plant virology and serology,” Helen Purdy Beale, developed techniques to understand the nature of viruses that went unappreciated for decades.

history of science
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.
Discovery Against All Odds
Discovery Against All Odds
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2020
Watch Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini tell the story of how she continued her transformative cell biology research as World War II raged.
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2020
Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.
Scientist as Subject
Scientist as Subject
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2020
In the past, it was not uncommon for researcher to test their experimental therapeutics and vaccines on themselves. Some even volunteered to be exposed to pathogen-carrying vectors.
Coronavirus Closeup, 1964
Coronavirus Closeup, 1964
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2020
Electron microscopy revealed that a deadly disease of birds was not a form of flu, but a different type of virus entirely.
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
David Bainbridge | Sep 1, 2020
A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.
Self-Experimentation in the Time of COVID-19
Self-Experimentation in the Time of COVID-19
Amanda Heidt | Aug 6, 2020
Scientists are taking their own vaccines, an ethically murky practice that has a long and sometimes celebrated history in medicine.
Jean Macnamara’s Multiple Causes, 1931
Jean Macnamara’s Multiple Causes, 1931
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
The medical scientist made important contributions to polio treatment and Australian environmental policy—despite substantial resistance.