Women in Science : Fifty Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World

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Illustrated biographies of fifty women who made significant contributions to science, from Hypatia to Marie Curie to Rachel Carson to Jane Goodall. Includes biographies of two women affiliated with the Smithsonian: Mary Agnes Chase, a US Department of Agriculture employee who was curator of grasses at the National Museum of Natural History during the first half of the 20th century, and Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin, an astronomer and astrophysicist at Harvard University and, from 1966 to 1979, a researcher at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.


  • Chase, Agnes 1869-1963
  • Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia 1900-1979
  • Hypatia -415
  • Goodall, Jane 1934-
  • Curie, Marie 1867-1934
  • Carson, Rachel 1907-1964
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Grasses
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • Harvard University
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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  • Botany
  • Women Scientists
  • History
  • Women--History
  • Botanists

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Number of pages: 127 Page numbers: 1-127

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