School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Profiles of two scientists who persevered in spite of many obstacles. Fossey, well known for her research on and devotion to the gorillas of Rwanda, is also depicted in the context of the challenges facing her work. Gogerly recounts how the scientist not only studied these animals, but also how she fought off poachers and raised funds for their protection until her brutal murder in 1985. The British-born Franklin focused her research on X-ray crystallography and the structure of DNA. Her studies were used by James Watson and Francis Crick, though never credited, as the men discovered DNA's famous double-helix shape. The book intersperses information about Franklin's personal life with her struggles to advance professionally. Both books have ample full-color and black-and-white photos, reproductions, and maps to supplement the accessible texts. Good choices for collections needing biographical material on women in science.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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