Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979

Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979

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Rutgers University Press

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Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979

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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ISBN-13: 9780813512556
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1987
Series: Lives of Women in Science Series
Pages: 400

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Part ISocial-Historical Studies
1Before Objectivity: Wives, Patronage, and Cultural Reproduction in Early Nineteenth-Century French Science19
2Botany in the Breakfast Room: Women and Early Nineteenth-Century British Plant Study31
3The Many Faces of Intimacy: Professional Options and Personal Choices among Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women Physicians45
4Field Work and Family: North American Women Ornithologists, 1900-195060
5Nineteenth-Century American Women Botanists: Wives, Widows, and Work77
6Marital Collaboration: An Approach to Science104
Part IIBiographical Studies
7Maria Mitchell and the Advancement of Women in Science129
8"Strangers to Each Other": Male and Female Relationships in the Life and Work of Clemence Royer147
9Career and Home Life in the 1880s: The Choices of Mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaia172
10Marie Curie's "Anti-natural Path": Time Only for Science and Family191
11Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: Astronomy in the Family216
12Synergy or Clash: Disciplinary and Marital Strategies in the Career of Mathematical Biologist Dorothy Wrinch239
Notes and References281
Notes on Contributors355

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