August 22nd, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel retained her crown as the most powerful woman in the world this year, according to a Forbes list of the top 100 women from areas including business, politics, entertainment and technology.
As a leader of Europe's largest economy amidst an ongoing debt crisis, Merkel's fifth appearance at the top of this list may come as no surprise. But many people do not know that Merkel holds a PhD in physics and conducted research in quantum chemistry.
She eventually left the academic world for a career in politics, but her scientific roots remain intact as she makes important policy decisions concerning science.
Angela Merkel [Wikipedia]
And don't forget...
Margaret Thatcher: Chemist/Politician