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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.
chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Maria Mitchell chapter 3 Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards chapter 4 Marie Sklodowska Curie chapter 5 Alice Hamilton chapter 6 Florence Rena Sabin chapter 7 Lillian Moller Gilbreth chapter 8 Lise Meitner chapter 9 Emmy Noether chapter 10 Leta Stetter Hollingworth chapter 11 Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori chapter 12 Florence Seibert chapter 13 Barbara McClintock chapter 14 Maria Goeppert-Mayer chapter 15 Rita Levi-Montalcini chapter 16 Rosalind Franklin chapter 17 Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkins chapter 18 Notes chapter 19 Index