»Player Pianos, Sex Appeal, and Patent #2,292,387» ELIZA SCHMIDKUNZ 2006/09 (in Inside GNSS) https://web.archive.org/web/20160827181419/http://www.inside...
This is unfortunate as there are many accomplished women in science who are real scientists and who made real contributions, but are not well known because there is no Hollywood star angle to tie in, just actual science. For example my favorite female researcher would have to be Karen Uhlenbeck, whom no one in popular culture has heard of, but who was (IMO) the most brilliant female mathematician of the last 100 hundred years. There are many such examples of unknown women scientists if we look for real inventors and real scientists, rather than looking for someone "sexy" to make into an icon for our favorite causes.
This is a form of cryptography. Any algorithm meant to authenticate, sign, or hide information is cryptography, and any attempt to break such techniques is cryptanalysis. Currently we do not like to think of cryptography as munitions due to the crypto wars of the 90s. But however you fall on that debate of whether cryptography is munitions, it is misleading to consider someone volunteering their time in an unprofessional capacity to send an unsolicited patent to the Navy, which the Navy rejected, as being equal to working in "munitions research"
Not sure what you mean: she's pretty famous from having won the Abel Prize (and being the first woman to do so).
But instead an actress with zero scientific research publications, no PhD, and just this one piano roll patent that she sent, unsolicited, to the Navy which rejected it -- she is high on the marquee for "women in science". That's a shame.