Teenage sisters turned science illustrators - circa 1690

Via iO9, a Nature News slideshow of natural history engravings by physician Martin Lister's teenage daughters, who contributed technically accurate engravings of shells to one of his books, the Historiae Conchyliorum:

Historians now believe the pair were the first women to use microscopes to help produce some of their scientific drawings. Anna and Susanna's place in the history of science is explored in a biography of Martin Lister in preparation by historian Anna Marie Roos of the University of Oxford's Cultures of Knowledge project. In a recent web post, Roos describes how she stumbled across copperplates engraved by Susanna and Anna that were stored at the university's Bodleian Library. These plates were used to print the pages of the Historiae Conchyliorum on a home press.

Not quite Thomasina Coverly, but we're getting there. Go, vintage science grrls!

Links:

Bodleian Library post by Anna Roos
Oxford Cultures of Knowledge project
Nature News story
iO9 post

More like this

Thanks to Mark Spicer for bringing this item to my attention. Note that the site I'm linking to sells printer cartridges, but still has some cool content. The 7 Most Impressive Libraries From Throughout History. Drop by the article, it's well worth reading. It also has links to each of the…
STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers When an imploring librarian is not enough Investments in the Term Economy Reference Management with the iPad Reference Management meets Web 2.0 Library mobile apps vs web apps - Some analysis Conversing in a Cyberspace Community: The Growth of HPS (…
“What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil in hand at the telescope. You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.” -Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto We often make a big distinction between professional and amateur today, and very rarely expect to find…
The Science Blogging Conference will be held at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS, on August 30th, 2008. According to the organizers, the event has now reached its attendance capacity, but if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, send an email to network[at]nature.…