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Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

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A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. The achievements of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, altered the course of history.
     Includes a bibliography and an index.

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Overview

A readable, perceptive account of the lives of fourteen gifted innovators who have played important roles in scientific and industrial progress. The achievements of Benjamin Banneker, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, and others have made jobs easier, saved countless lives, and in many cases, altered the course of history.
     Includes a bibliography and an index.

Traces the lives of fourteen black scientists and inventors who have made significant contributions in the various fields of science and industry.

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"This book does not merely decry injustice, it communicates the interest of each field of study, conveys the significance of the work of each in the field . . . An auspicious roster."—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Fourteen black American pioneers who made contributions in the fields of medicine, science, or industry were lifted from relative obscurity by the author. One such pioneer was Benjamin Banneker. President Washington appointed Banneker and two other men to build the nation's new capital—Washington, D.C. The head architect, disgruntled over his treatment by government bureaucrats, abandoned the project and confiscated the maps. Banneker reproduced the plans from memory, and the city was completed. Another pioneer, Daniel Hale Williams performed the world's first open heart surgery. In 1893, a young man was stabbed in the chest near his heart. Dr. Williams made history when he opened the patient's chest cavity. Fifty-one days later the patient was given a clean bill of health. Professor Haber, knowing that science textbooks lacked information on contributions by black American pioneers, spent four years researching and writing this book. Not only were the fourteen men profiled in this collection—one per chapter—ethical in their professional life, they were honorable in their personal life as well. This edition, reprinted to reflect the deaths of some of the individuals in this title, including the author, includes a "Preface," a "Bibliography," and an "Index." Reviewer: Mary Jo Edwards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152085667
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Curriculum Related Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 109,416
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. LOUIS HABER had a long and distinguished career teaching science. An adjunct professor at Pace University and Lehman College, he held graduate degrees in both science and education. He died in 1988.

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