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1. Marie Curie was born in Poland and worked as a chemist and physicist along with her husband Pierre Curie. She would win two Nobel Prizes, for Chemistry and Physics. She is famous for the discovery of the elements radium and polonium. One of her daughters would also go on to win a Nobel Prize. What is the name of this daughter?
2. Inventing is not something one tends to associate with an actress. Yet actress Hedy Lamarr has an invention to her name. Along with George Antheil she invented a secret communication system, which serves as a basis for the modern spread-spectrum communication technology. In 1953 Lamarr became an American citizen. In which European country was she born?
3. Grace Hopper is one of the scientists who worked on the Mark I computer by Harvard University. As the story goes, she was at least responsible for making a certain computer term popular. She might even have been the first to use it. Which term is it?
4. Sybilla Masters is, perhaps, not very well known as an inventor. She invented a way to clean and cure Indian corn. The corn could then be processed into various food products. The patent she received is not her in her name, however. Why did the patent list the name of her husband Thomas?
5. Ruth Wakefield bought a lodge called the Toll House Inn, where she worked with her husband Kenneth. She was originally a dietician and food expert. One day she was baking a batch of cookies and ran out of an ingredient. She experimented a little and came up with a now very famous cookie. What type of cookie did she create?
6. Marjorie Stewart Joyner worked for the Madame Walker company, that created hair products. In her line of work, she came across a lot of African American women who wanted their perm to last longer. She invented a device that curled the hair for a longer period of time. She went on to be the director of several of Madame Walker's beauty schools. At the age of 77 she would acquire a bachelor's degree in another field. Which bachelor's degree did she achieve?
7. Bessie Blount is known for inventing a device that allowed amputees to feed themselves. She was working as a physical therapist during World War II and came across a lot of injured soldiers. She received no help from the US government, so she offered the patent for the invention to the government of another country. Which country benefited from Bessie's invention?
8. Bette Nesmith Graham worked as a typist at Texas Bank and Trust. In the early days of electronic typewriters it was hard to correct a mistake. Bette started experimenting and finally invented the typewriter correction fluid. She marketed the fluid as "Liquid Paper". Her son Michael later became a famous musician and producer. What band made him famous between 1965 and 1970?
9. Ruth Handler is famous for creating popular American icon Barbie. She found that teens wanted a doll that could be used to act out their dreams. So she set out to create a three-dimensional doll for that purpose and named it after her daughter Barbara. Barbie's boyfriend was later named after her son. What name was given to her male counterpart?
10. Mary Anderson is not a name people will recognise as the name of an inventor. Yet many motorists today are very happy with her invention. What car-related invention did she come up with?
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