Women of Science is a collection of essays dealing with contributions women have made to various scientific disciplines, written by women scientists in those disciplines. The areas covered are: astronomy, archaeology, biology, chemistry, crystallography, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The women who have written these essays are, for the most part, not professional historians, but rather scientific professionals who felt the necessity of researching the contributions women have made to the devlopment of their fields.
The essays are unique, not only because they recover lost women who made significant contributions to their disciplines, but also because they are written with a depth of understanding that only a scientist working in a specific area can have.
The essays will be of interest not only to students (especially women students) of science who may be unaware of the many contributions women have made, but also to readers of the history of science whoses texts more often than not fail to include the work of most women scientists.
"Women of Science presents ample evidence of the important scientific contributions made by women. Yet this book is more than a reference - it is delightful and inspiring reading." Association for Women in Science Magazine " ... destined to become a standard reference in its field ..." Isis " ... fascinating ... an illuminating collection of biographies of many remarkable women." Journal of American Medical Women's Association " ... an important book ..." Caut Bulletin ACPU " ... an illuminating and revisionist history of science ..." Boston Phoenix
Preface Introduction, by G. Kass-Simon Women in the Field: The Role of Women in Archaeology before 1960 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Women in Geology Michele L. Aldrich Straying from Their Orbits: Women in Astronomy in America Pamela E. Mack Contributors to American Mathematics: An Overview and Selection Judy Green and Jeanne Laduke Women in the Intellectual Development of Engineering: A Study in Persistence and Systems of Thought Martha Moore Trescott Intellectual Contributions of Women to Physics L.M.Jones Biology Is Destiny G. Kass-Simon Women in Medical Science Partricia Farnes Women in Chemistry Jane A. Miller Women in Crystallography Maureen M. Julian Afterword Patricia Farnes Contributors Name Index Subject Index