Notable Women In The Life Sciences

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This volume features substantive biographical essays on 97 world and American women scientists who have made significant contributions to the life sciences from antiquity to the present, with the emphasis on 20th century women. The essays go beyond the basic facts found in standard biographical dictionaries, however. Developmental influences, obstacles faced and overcome, and the efforts of these women to contribute to their chosen professions in spite of sometimes overwhelming disapproval of the establishment ...

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Overview

This volume features substantive biographical essays on 97 world and American women scientists who have made significant contributions to the life sciences from antiquity to the present, with the emphasis on 20th century women. The essays go beyond the basic facts found in standard biographical dictionaries, however. Developmental influences, obstacles faced and overcome, and the efforts of these women to contribute to their chosen professions in spite of sometimes overwhelming disapproval of the establishment come alive in these portraits. Many of the living scientists profiled contributed interviews and autobiographical statements, which adds a vital and unique element to their profiles. Entries, written by 63 practicing scientists and researchers, explain the scientific work clearly in terms familiar to general readers and high school students.

Each entry provides a fact box outlining major life events, including educational and career milestones, and concludes with sources for further reading. Twenty-nine photographs complement the text. Disciplines covered include anatomy, bacteriology, biology, botany, embryology, entomology, genetics, horticulture, medicine, ornithology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and zoology. Subjects were selected on the basis of historical importance and recognition awards such as Blackwell, Lasker and Watermann prizes, Nobel prizes, MacArthur Foundation Genius awards, and the National Medal of Science. Seen across time and disciplines, the lives of these dedicated scientists can serve as role models for young women pursuing careers in science.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Darlene Kelm
Upon recognizing only a few of the scientists described in this book, I sought help from our science teachers. They felt that it was intended for college students because of the choice of scientists as well as the reading level, though the editors state in the introduction that their book is aimed at general public and high school students. The scientists should be well known by other scientists and those in the field. For each of the ninety-seven women included in the book, there is a chronological detailed list of events in their lives. Two- to five-page in-depth articles profile each scientist, including significant developmental influences, obstacles and achievements, followed by notes and an extensive bibliography. Occasional portraits and photographs enliven the text. Scientists are indexed by scientific field and awards received, with ethnic group and nationality included in the general index. A lengthy process was involved in making the final selection. Some could not be covered due to insufficient biographical resources. Included are some of the "starred women" from the first editions of Greenwood's American Men in Science and contemporary award-winning women, emphasizing twentieth-century women whose work continues. Sixty-six contributors were involved in the project. The unique stories of these prominent achievers can inspire other talented young women. The format of this well-written book is useful for research for older students. I did enjoy many of the entries, especially Aspasia (ca. 200), a Greek-Roman physician in obstetrics/gynecology and surgery. Index. Photos. Biblio. Chronology.
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An alphabetical reference that provides signed biographical essays on 97 world and American women who have made significant contributions to the life sciences from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Beyond the basic facts, the essays reveal developmental influences, obstacles, and the efforts of these women to contribute to their fields in spite of frequent establishment disapproval. Many of the living scientists contribute interviews and autobiographical statements. Includes 29 b&w photographs. For general readers and students of high school age and beyond. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293023
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1996
  • Pages: 454
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

BENJAMIN F. SHEARER is Vice-President for Student Life at Neumann College in Aston, Pennsylvania.

BARBARA S. SHEARER is Director of Public Services and External Relations at the Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Biographies

Appendix I: Scientists by Fields

Appendix II: Scientists by Awards Received

Index

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