5. Chien-Shiung Wu

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Chien was a Chinese woman who overthrew a very common immutable physics law. It was common knowledge that nature distinguishes between right and left, until she came along and proved that weak force sub atomic particles do not distinguish between right and left. Sadly, it was 1957, so the Nobel Prize was given to two of her male colleagues.

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