African Americans in Science: An Encyclopedia of People and Progress

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This comprehensive reference work sheds new light on an aspect of African American life that is often overlooked. More than a summary of individuals and accomplishments, African Americans in Science: An Encyclopedia of People and Progress explores the entire experience of African Americans seeking a place in the scientific community—not just the triumphs but the frustrations, discriminations, and the efforts to support (and sometimes impede) African American scientists.

African Americans in Science offers alphabetically organized entries in three areas: the contributions of African Americans in over 30 different fields of science and medicine, schools and organizations that played a role in the development of African American scientists, and additional topics related to African American scientists. No other reference offers such a complete and up-to-date portrait of the pivotal work of African Americans across the spectrum of scientific research and what it took to achieve it.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"African Americans in Science: an Encyclopedia of People and Progress is an excellent two-volume reference for either high school or college-level collections covering the essential scientific contributions of blacks from colonial to modern times. From details on over 100 leading scientists, institutions, and organizations dedicated to helping the Afro-American scientists to issue-centered entries on important topics and the role of historically black colleges in providing opportunities in the sciences, this is an excellent reference for anyone studying Afro-American contributions in general, or science in particular."


Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch

"This two-volume reference work is a fascinating read. . . . This resource is highly recommended for public, community college, and academic libraries."



"This book fills a niche in our literature by providing detailed information about over 100 leading African American scientists. They cover virtually all fields of science:…Finally there is a discussion on important issue related subjects from the Tuskegee syphilis experiment to organizations oriented to providing opportunities for African Americans in the sciences."


Publisher Review

"This resource appears to be the first to provide a detailed look at the accomplishments of African American scientists. . . . BOTTOM LINE: This important resource, authored by an expert on the subject, fills a void and belongs not only in every academic and college/university library but also in high school and community libraries. Highly recommended."


Library Journal, Starred Review

"This is a welcome addition to the collection of works available on African Americans in the sciences. Independent

scholar Carey includes entries on people, fields of inquiry, and many institutions that have been important in the

progress of black scientists. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Academic collections supporting lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."



"This set references the progress African Americans have made in our society. . . . Recommended."


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Library Journal

This resource appears to be the first to provide a detailed look at the accomplishments of African American scientists. As Carey writes in the preface, "[B]lack scientists seem to be undervalued by American society in general and by the African American community in particular." Indeed, when perusing well-known reference sources like Contemporary Black Biography and Who's Who Among African Americans, it is much easier to find biographical information about basketball players and rappers than it is to find any information about black scientists. Carey (American Scientists), who has taught history at several colleges and universities in Virginia and is now an independent scholar, has divided the work into four distinct parts. Part 1 addresses the accomplishments of individual scientists. Part 2 covers the issues that are of critical importance to the African American scientific community, including science education and careers for blacks and a whole range of topics related to health disparities (e.g., cancer, obesity, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes). Part 3 outlines in more general terms the contributions made by the scientists in Part 1. Part 4 focuses on scientific research and training. Rounding out the set are a chronology of scientific events that include African Americans, detailed bibliographies, and a general and topical index.
—Al Vara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851099986
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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