Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1787-1979

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These pioneering studies of women in science pay special attention to the mutual impact of family life and scientific career. The contributors address five key themes: historical changes in such concepts as scientific career, profession, patronage, and family; differences in "gender image" associated with various branches of science; consequences of national differences and emigration; opportunities for scientific work opened or closed by marriage; and levels of women's awareness about the role of gender in science.

An international group of historians of science discuss a wide range of European and American women scientists -- from early nineteenth-century English botanists to Marie Curie to the twentieth-century theoretical biologist

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Social-Historical Studies
1 Before Objectivity: Wives, Patronage, and Cultural Reproduction in Early Nineteenth-Century French Science 19
2 Botany in the Breakfast Room: Women and Early Nineteenth-Century British Plant Study 31
3 The Many Faces of Intimacy: Professional Options and Personal Choices among Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women Physicians 45
4 Field Work and Family: North American Women Ornithologists, 1900-1950 60
5 Nineteenth-Century American Women Botanists: Wives, Widows, and Work 77
6 Marital Collaboration: An Approach to Science 104
Part II Biographical Studies
7 Maria Mitchell and the Advancement of Women in Science 129
8 "Strangers to Each Other": Male and Female Relationships in the Life and Work of Clemence Royer 147
9 Career and Home Life in the 1880s: The Choices of Mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaia 172
10 Marie Curie's "Anti-natural Path": Time Only for Science and Family 191
11 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: Astronomy in the Family 216
12 Synergy or Clash: Disciplinary and Marital Strategies in the Career of Mathematical Biologist Dorothy Wrinch 239
Notes and References 281
Notes on Contributors 355
Index 357
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