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Quirina Roode-Gutzmer is a scientist, who translates literature (mainly scientific) from German into English for a living. She also enjoys creative writing and is busy writing her first novel (in English).
Read what she likes about Germany the most:
1. The Autobahn
The first thing about Germany that impressed me was the Autobahn, which was pretty much within the first hour of landing at the airport. Where else in the world canautobahn you drive as fast as you like? It is an expression of excellence in German society. First of all, the cars; BMW, Audi, and Mercedes are the best cars in the world! This is symbolic of Germany's exceptional engineering standards. Please continue reading here
What was it like to be a woman scientist in Germany in the 20th century?
Brief biographical accounts of three remarkable German women scientists: Clara Immerwahr Haber, Ida Noddack-Tacke and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, portray a sense of the cultural milieu in which women scientists struggled in the last hundred years to succeed. The significance of the role of marriage is revealed, as well as alluding to the difficulty to be a scientist and at the same time a mother.
Clara Immerwahr Haber was born in 1870 in Breslau (previously part of Germany, now Wrocław in Poland) from an upper-middle class Jewish family. Her father was a chemist. Clara Immerwahr was the first woman at the University of Breslau to graduate with a doctorate, which she received in 1900 in physical chemistry with magna cum laude. In 1901 she married fellow chemist Fritz Haber and soon afterwards fell pregnant. Her son, Hermann Haber, was born in 1902. Societal norms and a husband who appears to have ruthlessly prioritised his own ambitions in their marriage and family life prevented her from continuing her scientific research. She nevertheless supported her husband by contributing to his research and by translating some of his work into English, mostly without recognition.
The world of everything that grows
As an avid horticulturist holding national awards for growing prize winning roses and award winning gardens, Gaga will share her knowledge with you. A master in the art of rose growing and garden design Gaga’s expertise includes one year as recording secretary for the Dallas Rose Society and five years as treasurer for the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society. She has spoken on growing and the care of roses to the Plano and Dallas, Texas Master Gardeners Groups. During her tenure as treasurer of the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society, her society was instrumental in having the rose named as the national flower by the President of the United States. As an avid gardener, speaker and consulting rosarian, Gaga is dedicated to perpetuating knowledge about all things growing in our gardens and particularly the planting and care of rose gardens.