Renaissance Women in Science: Co-Published with Women's Freedom Network / Edition 1

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Renaissance Women in Science contains the fascinating stories of seventeen scientists who unlocked secrets of the universe and whose discoveries helped change the future of the world. Pursuing careers ranging from astronomy and atomic research to chemistry and medicine, a number of these women went on to win Nobel prizes for their work. All were dedicated to learning and discovery and many contributed to a humanitarian legacy in the form of improved worker rights, environmental protection, and better health care for others. The book reveals the motivations of these extraordinary women and explores the circumstances that allowed them to break through the barriers of their time, race, and gender to pursue their dreams. Their stories will inspire us all to reach beyond the ordinary.

Author Biography: Louise Q. van der Does is an advanced doctoral student in the School of Public Affairs at the American University. Rita J. Simon is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.

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Editorial Reviews

The authors provide brief biographies of 16 women scientists, from Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) to Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (1920- 1994). Each chapter includes a b&w photo and 5-10 pages with information on the subject's early life, education, career, relationships (much gossip, but with references), and contributions to science. The table of contents lists an index, but indeed there is not one. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
M.H. Chaplin
. . . these women all made original contributions to their disciplines and shattered contemporary notions of feminine roles by choosing to subordinate domestic and family concerns to a life of scientific discovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814818
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Renaissance Women Series, #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Q. van der Does is an advanced doctoral student in the School of Public Affairs at the American University. Rita J. Simon is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) 7
2 Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911) 17
3 Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934) 27
4 Alice Hamilton (1869-1969) 37
5 Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953) 47
6 Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) 55
7 Lise Meitner (1878-1968) 65
8 Emmy Noether (1882-1935) 77
9 Leta Stetter Hollingworth (1886-1939) 85
10 Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori (1896-1957) 95
11 Florence Seibert (1897-1991) 105
12 Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) 115
13 Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1906-1972) 127
14 Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-1995) 139
15 Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) 149
16 Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (1920-1994) 161
Notes 175
Index 193
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