N is for Florence Nightingale – Statistician and Nurse #AtoZChallenge

N is for Florence Nightingale – Statistician and Nurse

++ A to Z of Notable Women in STEM ++

Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) had a gift for mathematics and pioneered new methods of graphical representation of data. Using these methods, she showed that poor sanitation was at the core of the high rates of death in India.

Florence Nightingale c1854
Florence Nightingale c1854

During the Crimean War, Florence improved sanitation, reducing the common mass infections, and significantly reducing death rates in the hospital where she worked. She advocated strongly for sanitary living.

"Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army in the East" by Florence Nightingale.
“Diagram of the causes of mortality in the army in the East” by Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale used donated funds to start what is now the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. She also wrote a book called Notes on Nursing (1859), which served as a strong basis for the curriculum of the school.

You can learn more about Florence Nightingale here.

See more notable women of STEM in my contribution to the April A to Z blogging challenge for 2016.

Add your own “N”-named women to the list in the comments below! Here’s another significant woman of STEM:

Emmy Noether – Mathematics

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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