Women in Chemistry and Physics : A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook


Women in Chemistry and Physics : A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook



Edited by Louise S. Grinstein, Rose K. Rose, and Miriam H. Rafailovich ; foreword by Lilli S. Hornig.

Includes chapters by former College at Brockport faculty members Patricia Joan Siegel and Kay Thomas Finley: "Ruth Erica Benesch," p. 42-49; "Katherine Burr Blodgett," p. 65-71; "Helen Abbott Michael," p. 405-409.

"This valuable resource recounts the contributions of women to science. Biographies of 75 women whose work spans nearly three centuries reflect their struggle to study in a chosen field, gain admission to professional societies, and the lack of funding support. The subjects represent many nations, ranging from Hypatia (ca. 370-ca. 415), the ancient mathematician and astronomer, to Marie Maynard Daly, African American chemist, and Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese American physicist.

The selection criteria used were (a) attainment of advanced degrees despite familial and societal pressures; (b) innovative research results in some aspect of chemistry or physics; (c) influence exerted in teaching and guidance of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (d) active participation and leadership in professional societies; (e) extensive scholarly publications; and (f) participation on journal editorial boards. The scope was limited to deceased women or those born before 1933.

Each alphabetically arranged entry has three parts--a biography, a review of the subject's research, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about the subject. The subject's background is presented as well as any circumstances or influences that affected her career and her significance to science. Throughout, the relevant chemistry and physics are presented in as nontechnical language as possible. Appendixes include a chronological list by date of birth, a list of places of birth and work and scientific fields for each subject, and listings of abbreviations used in the entries. A detailed index follows. Each entry has a different author."--Booklist



Publication Date


Publication Information

Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.

xix, 721 p. ; 23 cm.


Chemistry | Nonfiction | Physics


Modern Languages and Cultures


Located in Drake Library at: QD21 .W62 1993

Women in Chemistry and Physics : A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook