June Almeida: The Woman Who First Discovered Coronavirus in 1964

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Almeida actually discovered coronavirus long before 1964—but her attempt to publish was turned down “because the referees said the images she produced were just bad pictures of influenza virus particles.” (Wikipedia)

Through the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, (s)heroic stories still shine—like that of June Almeida, who first discovered coronaviruses in 1964.

However, as is the fate of many women pioneers throughout history, her lack of formal schooling and uterus rendered her unappreciated and overlooked. Today, she graces headlines of BBC, National Geographic, Miami Herald, India Times, The Irish Times, Glasgow Times and more.

Born October 5, 1930, in Glasgow, England, Almeida was raised in a tenement building and dropped out of school at sixteen. She began what would become a stunning virology career at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Next, it was St….

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