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Leona Woods

(1919–1986) Physicist

Leona Woods Marshall Libby was the youngest member and only female on the team that designed and built Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor. She became one of a very few women on the Manhattan project. After the war she became a fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute, and a staff member at the Institute for Advanced Study and at the Rand Corporation. She was Professor of Physics at New York University and University of Colorado. 

Number 250 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

An Author and Lioness


Leona had been walking around the woods, her dark orbs taking in the sight of the morning as the sun shone through the trees. She smiled softly before sitting down by a tree, running a hand through her curly dark hair. The birds had been chirping, and rabbits were scuttling about through the bushes. It was certainly a lovely day. 

Though that was ruined by the sound of a gunshot in the distance. The lioness stood up quickly, looking around in panic before taking off towards her home. She had to get to her sister. She jumped over rocks and fallen limbs as she raced back. However, she did not expect to run right into a man that was in the middle of the woods. Leona fell back on her bottom as she looked up to the stranger, her ears folding back against her head. 

Autumn → here’s to leaves changing colors, cool breezes, pumpkin spice, horror movies and sweaters (listen)

Time of the Season - The Zombies / Four Winds - Bright Eyes / Meet Me on the Equinox - Death Cab for Cutie / Walking Around Waiting Downtown - Reverie Sound Revue / Book Club - Arkells / Lazy Days - Leona Naess / Woods - Bon Iver / Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right - Bob Dylan / Lost Stars - Keira Knightley / City Swans - Neko Case / Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley / Beneath My Bed - Of Monsters and Men / October, First Account - Be Your Own Pet / True Affection - The Blow / Leaves in the River - Sea Wolf / Holland Road - Mumford & Sons / Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart / Riding Trains in November - Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer / Blood Bank - Bon Iver / Young Pilgrims - The Shins / Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash / Heart of Gold - Neil Young / Dark Come Soon - Tegan and Sara / The Ways Things Are - Fiona Apple / Northern Downpour - Panic! At the Disco