“I have witnessed her devotion and her courage; I have already borne testimony to all who needed them...I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them, and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead.”
— Sir William H Russell (1820 - 1907) The Times War Correspondent.
“Neither life nor history treated Gordon kindly....medical colleagues, midwives and the public of Aberdeen were openly hostile to his ideas.”
— C.John Scott, MB, BS, MBA, FRCP(Edinburgh), FRCP(London) in Hektoen International, Journal of Medical Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1-Winter 2017.
If you're familiar with the medical breakthrough discovery in the early 1800s by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweiss (born 1818 - died 1865), you may be wondering who Alexander Gordon is.
“Had I known these women existed, maybe I would have dreamed to be a rocket scientist? ”
— Actress Taraji P Henson who plays Katherine Johnson in 20th Century Fox's movie, Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures is a true story of the untold history of NASA America's space programme back in the days of segregation. Remember the movies on Apollo II? Well, at least one of these brilliant African-American mathematicians had a key role in mathematics and computing the data and all that intense brain activity that was needed to get man to the moon.