The Depiction of Female Scientists in Fiction – Part Two

Astrid Farnsworth of Fringe –  Bachelor in Music & Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.  Was studying cryptology before joining the FBI. She also speaks five languages.

Doctor Allison Blake from EUReKA – medical doctor with two PhDs and mad problem solving skills.

Doctor Grace Monroe of EUReKA –mechanic and scientist – I’m guessing at least a PhD Mechanical Engineering, and probably another in Astrophysics.

Kim Anderson (nee Yamazaki) of EUReKA – inventor and scientist, and probably a polymath genius with PhDs in multiple fields.

Doctor Martha Jones from Doctor Who – Doctor of Medicine, Xenobiologist, and  in her spare time she saves the world.

Toshito Sato of Doctor Who and Torchwood – xenobiologist, the technical expert for both UNIT and Torchwood, and a computer genius, so another polymath.

Doctor Julia Ogden of the Steampunk-themed Murdoch Mysteries – Doctor of Medicine, pathologist and psychiatrist, who has studied with Sigmund Freud.

Doctor Emily Grace, also of Murdoch Mysteries – an accomplished pathologist.


Doctor Temperance Brennan, protagonist from Bones– three doctorates in forensic anthropology, anthropology and kinesiology. 

Doctor Cam Saroyan from Bones – went from being a police officer to a medical doctor to the youngest coroner in New York City. She now heads the Jeffersonian’s Forensic Division, so her people skills are top-notch. 

Tomorrow, I will discuss the generalisations within the characterisations of these depictions.





Filed under Characterization, Steampunk, Steampunk Feminist, Steampunk Genre, Stereotypes, Uncategorized, Women in Science

6 responses to “The Depiction of Female Scientists in Fiction – Part Two

  1. Did you see the episode of Bones where Cam was chosen for an award, and she said she would only accept if Angela and Bones were also a part of it? Then it turned out to be “the swimsuit issue” in order to try to save the dying magazine. It was both spot on and a bit sick. Also, don’t forget Uma Thurman as Doctor Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy 🙂

    • Oh, the joys of the MAD scientist is yet to be discussed.

      Joking aside … that episode of ‘Bones’ cut too close to reality. I’m leading up to the ‘female’ being more important than the ‘scientist’ in the fictional portrayals.

  2. Another good “mad”, as in literally mentally disturbed, female scientist from TV is Winifred “Fred” Burkle from Angel. Nobody writes crazy like Joss Whedon.

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