Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries

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Carol Publishing Group, 1998 - Science - 451 pages
This updated edition includes the additional story of the most recent woman Nobelist: Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, one of the few women leaders of German science today.

Since 1901, in the course of almost a century, there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in science. Only ten of them -- fewer than three percent -- have been women. Why?

In Nobel Prize Women in Science, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the reasons for this astonishing disparity. She does so by examining the lives and achievements of fifteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize-winning project. The book tells the dramatic stories of the relentless discrimination these women faced in universities, both as students and as researchers. Their accomplishments were due to two factors: they were in love with science itself and were passionately determined to succeed.

The book begins with Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in science. The readers are introduced to Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Gertrude Elion, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Rosalind Franklin. These and other remarkable women portrayed here struggled against gender discrimination, raised families, and became political and religious leaders. They were mountain hikers, musicians, seamstresses, and gourmet cooks. Above all, they were strong, joyful women in love with discovery.

Nobel Prize Women in Science is a revealing look into the history of science and the critical role that women have played in the drama of scientific progress.

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