INSPIRATIONAL INFLUENCERS: MCSD'S Role modelS of the week

APJ Abdul Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam was an Indian aerospace scientist who served as the 11th president of India. Born in poverty, he became one of India's greatest scientists through grit and hard work. He was the brains behind the Indian civilian space program that is considered one of the best in the world.

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA , RNA , viruses, coal and graphite. Franklin is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA which led to the discovery of the double helix.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is an English actress and activist. She has gained recognition for her roles in both blockbusters and independent films, as well as her efforts to advance the rights of women. She is an advocate for youth leadership and the power of young voices.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott was born without a right hand. When he signed with the California Angels in 1988, he became the first MLB player with a disability to take the pitcher’s mound. In 1993, he won the Freedom Forum Institute’s "Free Spirit Award" for his work with children.

Francesca Dominici

Francesca Dominici is a Biostatistician at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “ I believe women in power have a responsibility to help each other. I love to run and have completed over 12 marathons. I’m a mom. I was the first person in my family to go to college," she shares.