June Almeida, virus detective! : the woman who discovered the first human coronavirus

by Slade, Suzanne,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 11 copies
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From an early age in Glasgow, Scotland, June Almeida loved learning about science and nature. A good student, she was especially interested in biology and won the top science prize at her school. Creative and observant, June noticed details that others often missed. She dreamed of attending university but economic hardships caused her to leave school at age 16. Still, June was determined to pursue her passion for science. She was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab, using a microscope to magnify and examine cells. Her work helped doctors treat patients. June later worked in labs in London and in Toronto. Her skill in using the electron microscope to examine cells and help identify viruses earned her promotion and respect in the science community. When June was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus. Her groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As a little girl in Scotland, June Almeida loved school, especially science classes, but her cozy family life was upended when her little brother died. "Sadness swallowed the family like a deep, dark hole," leaving Almeida with the desire to help others beat illnesses. Though her family had no money for college, Almeida built on her high-school science and love of photography to develop images that helped distinguish between cells and viruses and, eventually, discovered the first coronavirus. As well as describing an accomplished woman scientist, Slade (Swish!, 2020) notes when her subject got married, had a baby, and divorced, showing readers that scientists can have families and be successful. The book also offers valuable details about electron microscopes and viruses, including, in a detailed afterword, information about the one that causes COVID-19. Upbeat blue, green, and sepia-toned illustrations of Almeida's life and work nicely complement the narrative. Some facts are left undeveloped, such as when Slade mentions that Almeida's work helped doctors but doesn't elaborate on how, but this is still a worthy addition to biography shelves."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Written with input and resources from her daughter, this comprehensive picture book biography of June Almeida (1930--2007) follows the innovative virologist through her science-loving childhood in Glasgow, her hospital lab work in the U.K. after she "left school at age 16 to help pay the family bills," and her "remarkable research" in Canada and the U.K. using an electron microscope. One noteworthy spread breaks down Almeida's discovery of the first human coronavirus into an accessible step-by-step process ("Then she added a drop of acid, which turned the liquid containing the virus particles black as ink. With this black background, the virus would be easier to see"). Paganelli contributes softly colored art with sketchlike textures and backgrounds that portray viruses, antibodies, and their ilk. An adept profile of a lesser-known scientific luminary. Back matter includes more information about Almeida with photographs, a timeline, and a selected bibliography. Ages 6--10. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Almeida, June D. -- Juvenile literature.
Women scientists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Scientists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Coronaviruses -- Juvenile literature.
Scientists -- England -- London -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women -- Biography.
Women scientists.
Publisher Ann Arbor, MI :Sleeping Bear Press,2021
Contributors Paganelli, Elisa, 1985- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781534111325
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