Creative Couples in the Sciences

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This collection fulfills a central aim of this series, and enlarges the audience for Lives of Women in Science by recognizing that men as much as women readers share a keen interest in the fortunes of collaborative couples.
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Editorial Reviews

Donna Seaman
This unique collection of essays about the collaborative work of married scientists is of great interest on several fronts: it enriches the history of science by analyzing the crucial role collaborations play in modern science; it increases our awareness of the work of women scientists; and, in a broader social context, it illuminates issues relating to gender roles, the meshing of public and private lives, and the flexibility or restrictions of marriage. These fascinating profiles of some two dozen couples fall into five clusters. The first focuses on three couples who won the Nobel Prize: Marie and Pierre Curie, Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie, and Carl and Gerty Cori. Another section portrays the marriages between wife-students and husband-instructors, challenging relationships to say the least. Failure can be just as instructive as success, so the essays on capsized collaborative relationships, such as the marriage of Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric, are just as compelling as those with happier endings. As each articulate and perceptive contributing author discovered, "creative adaptability" was a key factor in maintaining these complicated partnerships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813521879
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Lives of Women in Science
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction 3
1 Pierre Curie and "His Eminent Collaborator M[superscript me] Curie": Complementary Partners 39
2 Star Scientists in a Nobelist Family: Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie 57
3 Carl and Gerty Cori: A Personal Recollection 72
4 John and Elizabeth Gould: Ornithologists and Scientific Illustrators, 1829-1841 87
5 Dispelling the Myth of the Able Assistant: Margaret and William Huggins at Work in the Tulse Hill Observatory 98
6 The Comstocks of Cornell: A Marriage of Interests 112
7 Grace Chisholm Young and William Henry Young: A Partnership of Itinerant British Mathematicians 126
8 Marriage and Scientific Work in Twentieth-Century Canada: The Berkeleys in Marine Biology and the Hoggs in Astronomy 143
9 Unusually Close Companions: Frieda Cobb Blanchard and Frank Nelson Blanchard 156
10 Kathleen and Thomas Lonsdale: Forty-Three Years of Spiritual and Scientific Life Together 170
11 Clanging Eagles: The Marriage and Collaboration between Two Nineteenth-Century Physicians, Mary Putnam Jacobi and Abraham Jacobi 185
12 "My Life Is a Thing of the Past": The Whitmans in Zoology and in Marriage 196
13 Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric: A Collaboration That Failed to Develop 207
14 Sociologists in the Vineyard: The Careers of Helen MacGill Hughes and Everett Cherrington Hughes 220
15 Botanical and Ecological Couples: A Continuum of Relationships 235
16 Patterns of Collaboration in Turn-of-the-Century Astronomy: The Campbells and the Maunders 254
17 Collaborative Couples Who Wanted to Change the World: The Social Policies and Personal Tensions of the Russells, the Myrdals, and the Mead-Batesons 267
Appendix: Additional Collaborative Couples and Other Cross-Gender Collaborators 283
Notes 289
List of Contributors 349
Index 355
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