Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism when she was not able to speak at age 3. Although her parents were urged to send her to an institution, they refused, and instead sent her to a private school where her high IQ was nurtured. She has taught at Colorado State University since 1990. While in high school she created a 'squeeze machine' which has since been fine-tuned and is used both for autistic children and adults, as a way of relieving high anxiety. She has also written several books
Alma Whiffen Barksdale worked as a mycologist at The Upjohn Company, where she discovered cycloheximide, an anti-fungal agent widely used on golf courses and cherry orchards. Applauded by Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere Engineer.