Canadian physicist Elizabeth Rebecca Laird (1874-1969) was known for her research on soft x-rays, the Raman effect and the effects of microwave radiation on biological materials. As head of the physics department at Mt. Holyoke College from 1904 to 1940 she inspired many women to pursue scientific careers. After her official retirement, she worked on radar experiments at the University of Western Ontario during World War II and continued to be involved with the Physics Department at UWO until her death. More information is here or here.
Name proposed by Peter Jedicke and Robert Jedicke.
Reference: MPC 54826