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Published March 7, 2019

In 2016 Google Doddle paid homage to Mary Seacole.  Until then, I had no idea who she was, or her contribution to history. But I quickly found it.

Born in 1805 in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole was a brave pioneering nurse during the Crimean War who helped care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield. She was known to have personally risked her life on the frontline to tend to the sick and the injured. Her reputation in her day rivaled that of Florence Nightingale. 

Mary Seacole’s life story inspired me to start a short-lived blog called Unsung Science. I wrote about little known stories and personalities whose contribution to science and medicine had been overlooked. In each case, their achievements had been lost to the memory of the living. 

The Independent in the UK published this headline in response to the Google Doodle.

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