A Devotion to Their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity

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Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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Biographical essays on 23 women who worked in atomic science during the first two decades of the 20th century, including Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Irene Joliot-Curie, and a host of lesser-known women scientists whose life stories have never been told before. "A well-researched, scholarly work that will make a significant contribution to both the history of science and the role of women in 20th-century society. It provides a fascinating picture of the difficulties and obstacles faced by women who wished to pursue a career in science."--Montague Cohen, McGill University and Rutherford Museum
 

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Contents

THE OVERVIEW
1
Early Years of Radioactivity
3
Pioneer Women of Radioactivity
12
THE FRENCH GROUP
29
Marie Curie Time Only for Science and Family
31
Ellen Gleditsch Professor and Humanist
51
May Sybil Leslie From Radioactivity to Industrial Chemistry
76
Catherine Chamie Devoted Researcher of the Institut de Radium
82
Ada Hitchins Research Assistant to Frederick Soddy
152
And Some Other Women of the British Group
156
THE AUSTROGERMAN GROUP
161
Lise Meitner The Foiled Nobelist
163
Stefanie Horovitz A Crucial Role in the Discovery of Isotopes
192
Marietta Blau Discoverer of the Cosmic Ray Stars
196
Elizaveta Karamihailova Bulgarian Pioneer of Radioactivity
205
Elizabeth Rona The Polonium Woman
209

Stefania Maracineanu Ignored Romanian Scientist
87
Alicja Dorabialska Polish Chemist
92
Irene JoliotCurie Following in Her Mothers Footsteps
97
And Some Other Women of the French Group
124
THE BRITISH GROUP
127
Harriet Brooks From Research Pioneer to Wife and Mother
129
Fanny Cook Gates A Promise Unfulfilled
138
Jadwiga Szmidt A Passion for Science
145
Ida Noddack Proposer of Nuclear Fission
217
And Some Other Women of the AustroGerman Group
226
Epilogue The End of an Era and a New Generation
229
Dates of Selected Events in the History of Atomic Science 18951940
235
Contributors
237
Notes
239
Index
303
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