Nobel Prize Women in Science

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

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

2ndPublisher: Joseph Henry PressFormat: Paperback

Since 1901 there have been over 300 recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them - about 3 per cent - have been women. Why? In this updated edition, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne examines the lives and achievements of 15 women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize-winning project. The book reveals the relentless discrimination these women faced both as students and as researchers. Their success was due to the fact that they were passionately in love with science. The book begins with Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics. Readers are then introduced to Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Barbara McClintock, 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 climbers, musicians, seamstresses, and gourmet cooks. Above all, they were strong, joyful women in love with discovery.

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