On Scientific American's Guest Blog, Maia Weinstock has compiled a list of 10 women of science that died in 2013.

The first person to find evidence that cancer had some basis in our genes, the discoverer of opiate receptors in the brain, the savior of the cotton industry, the beloved "Italian Carl Sagan" . . . even one particularly cool lady who repeatedly blasted herself and others with microwave radiation to find out if it was harmful (she lived to age 86, so I guess it couldn't have been too harmful) . . .

. . . these 10 inventors, engineers, and experimental researchers spent their long lives making remarkable contributions to fields that probably didn't always welcome their help.