Edited by two of the most respected scholars in the field, this milestone reference combines "facts-fronted" fast access to biographical details with highly readable accounts and analyses of nearly 3000 scientists' lives, works, and accomplishments. For all academic and public libraries' science and women's studies collections.
Well known for her Women in Science: Antiquity Through the Nineteenth Century, Ogilvie has joined with Harvey (Almost a Man of Genius) to publish a two-volume bio/bibliographical resource covering approximately 2500 women scientists from all over the world. Recent biographical publications devoted to women scientists, such as Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood, 1997) and American Women in Science, 1950 to the Present (LJ 2/15/99), are limited by either discipline, time period, or nationality. Ogilvie and Harvey include scientists from across all fields and nationalities, although they admit that the dictionary is still slanted toward the United States and Great Britain owing to language barriers and the amount of information available. The editors use broader criteria for earlier time periods but apply more stringent standards for later centuries, when science became more professionalized. The entries were written by a small group of contributors comprising scientists and historians. Arranged alphabetically, each entry has a short summary of personal information, education, and professional experience, a brief biographical narrative, and a bibliography of selected primary and secondary sources. The entries range from very brief to a few pages for the better-known subjects. Indexes include lists of scientists by occupation, time period, and country as well as a subject index. Ogilvie and Harvey have compiled a very comprehensive biographical resource that is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.--Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
This two-volume set answers a lack exemplified by works like Scribner's (1970-80) which included 25 women in the whole of its 16 volumes. Routledge's two- volume set builds on the foundation of Ogilvie's (1986) and, with the help of Harvey, expands that work of 186 scientists to include 2,500 women from a wide range of scientific fields and nations. Each entry begins with a concise chronology; then continues with a biography discussing family, education, work history, accomplishments, and publications; and concludes with a concise bibliography of primary, secondary, and standard sources. In addition to the standard subject index, other valuable indices list scientists by discipline, time period, and country. Listings are cross-referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)