But before her major contribution, Brill was systematically barred from her future field of work because of her gender. Studying at the University of Manitoba, she was forced to major in chemistry and mathematics when she was refused a spot in the school of engineering. Later, in the 1940's, she was able to return to school and achieve a master's degree in chemistry. She contributed a total of six decades to her career as an aerospace engineer. Throughout this time, she was awarded numerous honors, including but not limited to the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2001 and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2011 (pictured below).
Brill passed away on March 27th of this year. She reached the fine age of 88, and certainly left quite a legacy behind. She is proof that incredible women thrived despite adversity in the twentieth century. Rest in peace, Yvonne Brill.