Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949 (Google eBook)

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Imperial College Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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British chemistry has traditionally been depicted as a solely male endeavour. However, this perspective is untrue: the allure of chemistry has attracted women since the earliest times. Despite the barriers placed in their path, women studied academic chemistry from the 1880s onwards and made interesting or significant contributions to their fields, yet they are virtually absent from historical records.Comprising a unique set of biographies of 141 of the 896 known women chemists from 1880 to 1949, this work attempts to address the imbalance by showcasing the determination of these women to survive and flourish in an environment dominated by men. Individual biographical accounts interspersed with contemporary quotes describe how women overcame the barriers of secondary and tertiary education, and of admission to professional societies. Although these women are lost to historical records, they are brought together here for the first time to show that a vibrant culture of female chemists did indeed exist in Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Getting an Education
11
2 The Professional Societies
53
3 The London Coeducational Colleges
95
4 The London Womens Colleges
135
5 English Provincial Universities
171
6 The Cambridge and Oxford Womens Colleges
215
7 Universities in Scotland and Wales
261
8 Hoppys Biochemical Ladies
309
9 Women Crystallographers
335
10 Women in Pharmacy
383
11 The Role of Chemists Wives
421
12 Women Chemists and the First World War
447
13 The Interwar Period and Beyond
471
Index
529
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