Brilliant African-American Scientists: Nine Exceptional Lives

Brilliant African-American Scientists: Nine Exceptional Lives

by Jeff Young
     
 

It takes deep curiosity and hard work to become a successful scientist. African-American scientists needed even greater determination to succeed in the face of racism and many obstacles placed before them. Despite these challenges, each of the doctors and scientists in this book made the world a better place because of their determination, ideas, and curiosity.

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It takes deep curiosity and hard work to become a successful scientist. African-American scientists needed even greater determination to succeed in the face of racism and many obstacles placed before them. Despite these challenges, each of the doctors and scientists in this book made the world a better place because of their determination, ideas, and curiosity. Learn the life stories and amazing accomplishments of nine brilliant African-American scientists: Benjamin Banneker; George R. Carruthers; Charles R. Drew; Shirley Ann Jackson; Ernest Everett Just; Walter E. Massey; John P. Moon; Daniel Hale Williams; and Jane Cooke Wright.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
It is amazing that so many African-Americans were able to achieve so much in a time when African-Americans were relegated to menial jobs and kept from entering some of the best schools in the United States. Young offers brief biographies of nine notable African-American scientists who not only entered professions that most African-Americans were barred from, but also made great strides within those professions. Each scientist's biography begins with a brief background sketch highlighting the difficulties they faced entering their professions. The highlights of their careers are presented in a bit more depth, though given the length that each scientist is given, the text can only be considered a brief introduction to a fascinating individual. Fully illustrated, a time line of each entrant is included at the beginning of each entry. The series is designed around the MyReportLinks.com website, which requires a password provided with each title in the series that takes the reader to a page with links to additional information about the topic presented in each book. Some of the links for this text were to rather generic sites about science or African-American history, but most linked directly to sites about the scientists presented in the text, which is part of the "Great Scientists and Famous Inventors" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These eclectic collective biographies cover eight or nine scientists each. The 10-to-15-page entries include basic personal information but concentrate on career achievements, such as Al-Khwarizmi's documentation of practical uses of algebra (Ancient World Scientists) and George Washington Carver's work on crop rotation (African-American Inventors). An important aspect of each entry is the list of relevant Web sites that can be accessed through the publisher's site and that will be maintained until at least 2014. Overall, this series provides some solid information about well-known and lesser-known individuals important in their fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598450835
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Great Scientists and Famous Inventors Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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