5. Dr. Reina Reyes

“The Filipina Who Proved Einstein Right” — at least, that’s how Reyes is now known within the science community after her groundbreaking work with her colleagues at Princeton University in 2010. Reyes led a research team that successfully proved that galaxies 3.5 billion light years away were clustered just how the General Theory of Relativity said they would be. The study was groundbreaking since it was the first time the theory’s application was proved on a cosmic scale. Reyes now teaches part-time at the Ateneo de Manila University and Rizal Technological University, which is home to the only astronomy program in the country.