Headstrong : 52 women who changed science--and the world
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Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history's brightest female scientists.
In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children." It wasn't until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary--and consequent outcry--prompted were, Who are the role models for today's female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?
Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby's vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known. This fascinating tour reveals 52 women at their best--while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.
ContentsMedicine. Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906)
Anna Wessels Williams (1863-1954)
Alice Ball (1892-1916)
Gerty Radnitz Cori (1896-1957)
Helen Taussig (1898-1986)
Elsie Widdowson (1906-2000)
Virginia Apgar (1909-1974)
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994)
Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999)
Jane Wright (1919-2013)
Biology and the environment. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Jeanne Villepreux-Power (1794-1871)
Mary Anning (1799-1847)
Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911)
Alice Hamilton (1869-1970)
Alice Evans (1881-1975)
Tilly Edinger (1897-1967)
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Ruth Patrick (1907-2013)
Genetics and development. Nettie Stevens (1861-1912)
Hilde Mangold (1898-1924)
Charlotte Auerbach (1899-1994)
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992)
Salome Gluecksohn Waelsch (1907-2007)
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Anne McLaren (1927-2007)
Lynn Margulis (1938-2011)
Physics. Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)
Lise Meitner (1878-1968)
Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972)
Marguerite Perey (1909-1975)
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011)
Earth and stars. Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)
Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)
Inge Lehmann (1888-1993)
Marie Tharp (1920-2006)
Yvonne Brill (1924-2013)
Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Math and technology. Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799)
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Sophie Kowalevski (1850-1891)
Emmy Noether (1882-1935)
Mary Cartwright (1900-1998)
Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992)
Invention. Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923)
Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000)
Ruth Benerito (1916-2013)
Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014).
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xiv, 273 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.