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Mary G. Ross
(9 Aug 1908 - 29 Apr 2008)

American engineer who was a citizen of the Cherokee nation, and the first known Native American female engineer.


Science Quotes by Mary G. Ross (6 quotes)

Detail from NASA painting of Mary Ross, cropped to upper body, turned to right, facing slightly forward
Detail from a NASA painting of Mary Ross. (source)
I have always considered my work a joint effort. I was fortunate to have worked on great ideas and with very intelligent people. I may have developed a few equations no one had thought of before but that was nothing unusual—everybody did that.
— Mary G. Ross
In interview with Laurel M. Sheppard, 'An Interview with Mary Ross: First Native American Woman Engineer Aerospace Pioneer Returns to her Native American Roots', on website of Lash Publications.
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I have been lucky to have had so much fun. It has been an adventure all the way.
— Mary G. Ross
In interview with Laurel M. Sheppard, 'An Interview with Mary Ross: First Native American Woman Engineer Aerospace Pioneer Returns to her Native American Roots', on website of Lash Publications.
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I was the only female in my class. I sat on one side of the room and the guys on the other side of the room. I guess they didn't want to associate with me. But I could hold my own with them, and sometimes did better.
— Mary G. Ross
In interview with Laurel M. Sheppard, 'An Interview with Mary Ross: First Native American Woman Engineer Aerospace Pioneer Returns to her Native American Roots', on website of Lash Publications.
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Math was more fun than anything else. It was always a game to me.
— Mary G. Ross
In interview with Laurel M. Sheppard, 'An Interview with Mary Ross: First Native American Woman Engineer Aerospace Pioneer Returns to her Native American Roots', on website of Lash Publications.
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Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults—yet faults tear away the perfection in you.
— Mary G. Ross
Found on the web, but as yet Webmaster has not been able to verify with a primary source. Can you help?
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To function efficiently in today’s world, you need math. The world is so technical, if you plan to work in it, a math background will let you go farther and faster.
— Mary G. Ross
In 'Ross, Mary Golda :The Cherokee Nation Remembers the First Woman Engineer for Lockheed', Indian Country News, article published online (13 May 2008) on the indiancountrynews.com website.
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Quotes by others about Mary G. Ross (1)

Nice going panel, because that was a tough one. Miss Ross actually designs rocket missiles and satellites for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. And, uh, it’s a strange… actually I must say, and Miss Ross knows it, I was a little bit, uh, surprised to find that Miss Ross was in this work. She is a Master of Science and Mathematics, and during the war years got into it.
As host of TV game, What’s My Line? (22 Jun 1958) after panelist Dorothy Kilgallen successfully questioned Mary G. Ross to determine that she was a designer of rockets. Daly was caught in a confession of his surprise that Ross was in that profession. [Was that because she was a woman? Well, that was in 1958, and times have changed now.]
Science quotes on:  |  Designer (7)  |  Missile (7)  |  Rocket (52)  |  Surprise (91)


See also:
  • 9 Aug - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Ross's birth.
  • Mary Golda Ross - Short biography: A Pioneer in Aerospace Engineering
  • Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics, by Talithia Williams. - book suggestion.

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