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Extraordinary Women Scientists
     

Extraordinary Women Scientists

by Darlene R. Stille
 

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What makes an extraordinary woman scientist? One could argue that any woman who became a scientist before the late 1900s was extraordinary. Not only did these women face the intellectual challenges of learning physics or chemistry or biology or math, but they had to do so without encouragement from society at large--and often in the face of outright disapproval from

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What makes an extraordinary woman scientist? One could argue that any woman who became a scientist before the late 1900s was extraordinary. Not only did these women face the intellectual challenges of learning physics or chemistry or biology or math, but they had to do so without encouragement from society at large--and often in the face of outright disapproval from family and friends.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Darlene R. Stille and Lisa Yount have written absorbing accounts of women whose lives centered on science. Ms. Stille supplements her alphabetically arranged, two-to five-page biographies of 49 extraordinary women with overviews of their contributions to science in general and medicine, mathematics and engineering in particular. Lindaanne Yee-Dono-hoe's book design makes the volume as satisfying to read from, as it is to read.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This book presents the lives and contributions of 49 women scientists encapsulated in short biographies, accompanied by black and white photos. The disciplines represented vary from anatomy to nuclear physics to space science to zoology. Each biography begins with a paragraph summarizing what is to follow; this serves as a teaser for readers who may be browsing. The subjects are presented in alphabetical order rather than being grouped by area of scientific endeavor; the scientist's field appears near the page numbers to aid readers flipping through the volume. A bibliography and index follow; a listing of the subjects by area of scientific inquiry, or inclusion of this information in the table of contents would be a helpful addition in subsequent volumes.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Beginning with a history of women in science, Stille then describes the lives and contributions of more than 50 important scientists from many different disciplines. Three chapters touch on several women in particular fields-medicine, mathematics, and engineering and inventing. All of the other chapters are brief biographies of individuals. They come from European and Asian countries as well as the western hemisphere; minority groups in the U.S. are also represented. Black-and-white photographs of the subjects appear throughout. This volume can be used as a reference book, but when it is read straight through, it introduces readers to the diversity of science.-Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA
Leone McDermott
Forty-nine women scientists from the past two centuries are profiled in this extensive survey. Each brief, readable biography is accompanied by a portrait and contains personal and historical information, an account of challenges faced, and a summary of the woman's scientific work. The women, as well as their fields, range from the familiar (astronaut Mae Jemison, primatologist Dian Fossey) to the obscure (limnologist Ruth Patrick). Most of the individuals are white Americans or Europeans, and approximately 10 percent are women of color. Racism, anti-Semitism, and poverty, in addition to sexism, are mentioned as obstacles, but the overall emphasis is on the women's achievements. Although the science is generally clear and understandable, the entry on Netti Maria Stevens contains a somewhat misleading account of the chromosomal content of sperm and eggs. Besides the biographies, there is a historical overview of women in science, plus essays on women as doctors, mathematicians, engineers, and inventors. The two-page bibliography lists many good sources, though a number of them are beyond the reading level of the book itself. Students will find here solid proof of women's scientific talents and contributions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516005850
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Extraordinary People Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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