Helen Brooke Taussig is known as the founder of the field of pediatric cardiology. She discovered that “blue babies” had a leaking septum and an undeveloped artery leading from the heart to the lungs. Today, the condition that blue babies used to die from is fixed by the Blalock-Taussig operation.
Taussig received the Lasker Award in 1954, became one of the first full professors at Johns Hopkins University in 1959, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1973. In addition to this, Taussig was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
To be at the forefront of innovation is to be at the forefront of STEM. STEM is about providing meaningful solutions to the problems greatly affecting our world. Helen Brook Taussig applied her passions and skills in medicine to save millions of lives. She is one of the many STEM women superstars, and her contributions have allowed for great medical advances.