Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
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"Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science" offers brief, readable entries that describe the lives and careers of 80 men and 20 women who defied poverty and prejudice to excel in the fields of aviation and space exploration. Each essay begins with birth and death dates, educational institutions attended and degrees earned, positions held, and awards won. A short summary of the individual's contribution to aviation or space science is followed by a biographical narrative divided into three sections: Early Years, Higher Education, and Career Highlights. Often based on the authors' correspondence with the subjects themselves, or with family members, this illustrated volume provides the fullest and most accessible biographical information available for many of these figures.

 

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BETTY KAPLAN GUBERT is the compiler of Invisible Wings: An Annotated Bibliography on Blacks in Aviation, 1916-1993 (Greenwood 1994), among other bibliographies. Formerly head of reference services at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, for 21 years, she is the subject specialist in art for MultiCultural Review, and has had several articles published in such journals as African Arts, American Libraries, Judaica Librarianship, and in scholarly reference works such as American National Biography, Encarta Africana, and the Encyclopedia of New York City.

MIRIAM SAWYER is director of the Rutherford Public Library, Rutherford, NJ. She received her B.A. from Ohio University and her MLS from State University of New York at Albany. She has written numerous articles for library publications, and was editor of New Jersey Libraries, the official publication of the New Jersey Library Association, 1994-1996. At present she is a regular reviewer for MultiCultural Review, a periodical published by Greenwood.

CAROLINE M. FANNIN is a writer and library administrator. She received a bachelor's degree in writing and literature from Wheaton College, and a master's degree in library service from Rutgers University. Her previous collaborations have covered topics ranging from abortion and capital punishment to the works of Flannery O'Connor.

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