Profiles twelve Asian-American scientists, including Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Paul Chung-wu Chu, and Constance Tom Noguchi.
Children's Literature - Susan Schott KarrWritten for schools and libraries, this volume will come in handy when researching one or more scientific figures. As Yount chronicles the lives of 12 Asian-American men and women who have immigrated to the US, she explores the contributions these scientists have made to their respective fields of study. She would have been wise to include pronunciations of the scientists' names. Each profile includes a chronology, sidebars with quotes by or about the characters, and suggested further reading. These, as well as the index, make the material accessible for reference purposes. Black-and-white photographs add realism to the factual coverage in this book, which is part of the series, "American Profiles."
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6 Up-Yount profiles 12 Asian-Americans who have made important contributions in different fields of science. Some of the individuals came to the U.S. in early childhood; others immigrated as young adults to further their education or scientific research. Included are four Nobel Prize winners in physics (Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Chen Ning Yang, Tsung Dao Lee, and Samuel Chao Chung Ting) and a nuclear physicist who carried out the experiments that proved Lee and Yang's theory (Chien-shiung Wu); two Nobel laureates in medicine (Har Gobind Khorana and Susumu Tonegawa); two AIDS researchers (Flossie Wong-Staal and David Da-i Ho); an information specialist in computer security (Tsutomo Shimomura); an expert on superconductivity technology (Paul Ching-wu Chu); and a sickle-cell disease researcher (Constance Tom Noguchi). Each entry includes basic biographical information and a discussion of the scientist's professional achievements. Diagrams clarify technical information in the text. Brief quotations from each scientist appear in sidebars. A chronology and a list of further reading about the work of the scientist and related topics appear at the end of each chapter. A useful addition for reports and for teachers wanting to feature the achievements of contemporary scientists.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIn this entry in the American Profiles series, Yount (Medical Technology, 1998, etc.) dispels stereotypes with this upbeat and accessible biographical collection of 12 Asian-American scientists. Readers meet computer scientist Tsutomu Shimomura, who hunts down lawbreakers on the information superhighway; Time's 1996 "Man of the Year," David Ho, whose research on AIDS and new drug treatments seems to have eliminated HIV from the blood of infected patients; Paul Ching-wu Chu, "superconductivity's superstar"; Har Gobind Khorana, who created the first artificial genes; and more. The biographies, each accompanied by a list of further reading and a chronology, offer glimpses not only of the diverse career paths of 12 individuals, but lucid descriptions of their fields of interest, research, and prospects for the future. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 12-14) .
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