Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine (Magnificent Minds)
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Full of the inspirational stories girls need for exploring a future in science   For centuries, women have risen above their traditional roles to pursue a new understanding of the natural world. This book, which grows out of an exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York, introduces the lives, sayings, and dreams of 16 women over four centuries and chronicles their contributions to mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and medicine. Some of the notable women portrayed in the book include French mathematician Marie-Sophie Germain, known for her work in Elasticity theory, differential geometry, and number theory; Scottish chemist Elizabeth Fulhame, best known for her 1794 work An Essay on Combustion; and Rita Levi-Montalcini, who, with colleague Stanley Cohen, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor. A companion volume to Magnificent Minds by the same author, this book offers inspiration to all girls and young women considering a life in the sciences.


Pendred E. Noyce is a physician, an advocate for science education, and a mother of five. She has helped lead National Science Foundation education projects and helps run a foundation dedicated to math and science education. Her past books for children include the award-winning Lexicon series and several Galactic Academy of Science adventures with inset minibiographies of scientists. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


Foreword | 7
Acknowledgments | 8
Introduction | 9
1 | Fire and Living Force | 13
Émilie Du Châtelet – Physics
2 | Reluctant Prodigy | 21
Maria Gaetana Agnesi – Mathematics
3 | Flesh and Bones | 27
Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Thiroux d’Arconville – Chemistry
4 | The Shimmering Cloth | 35
Elizabeth Fulhame – Chemistry
5 | Numbers and Vibrating Plates | 41
Sophie Germain – Mathematics
6 | Electrical Suffragette | 49
Hertha Ayrton – Electrical Engineering and Physics
7 | Anatomical Researcher | 59
Florence Rena Sabin – Medical Sciences
8 | Starburst Traces of Cosmic Rays | 67
Marietta Blau – Physics
9 | Energy Cycle | 79
Gerty Cori – Medicine and Biochemistry
10 | Artificial Radiation | 89
Irène Joliot-Curie – Physics
11 | Saving Blue Babies | 101
Helen Taussig – Medical Sciences
12 | What Stars Are Made Of | 113
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin – Astronomy
13 | Nuclear Shell Model | 123
Maria Goeppert Mayer – Physics
14 | Nerve Growth Factor | 133
Rita Levi-Montalcini – Neuroscience and Medicine
15 | Chemotherapy Pioneer | 145
Jane Cooke Wright – Medical Sciences
16 | From Charcoal to Viruses | 157
Rosalind E. Franklin – Chemistry
17 | Antibodies for diagnosis | 171
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow – Medical Sciences
Further Reading | 182


"...Exceptionally well written, organized and presented..."Remarkable Minds" is very highly recommended, especially for school and community library biography and science history collections." - Midwest Bookreview

"Each entry provides an overview of the scientist’s personal and professional lives and describes each woman’s obstacles and accomplishments in relation to her time period. In the introduction, the author explains the inclusion of only one scientist of color due to lack of opportunities earlier in history. Time lines, archival photographs and reproductions, sidebars, and highlighted quotations add useful visuals to the scholarly text." - Booklist

"This well-researched, interesting companion to the author's Magnificent Minds: 16 Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine (Tumblehome Learning, 2015) adds 17 women. Examining notable figures who worked in areas as diverse as astronomy and DNA research, this exploration is a revelation..." - School Library Journal

"... Extremely readable, clearly written, and occasionally provocative, this captivating volume should spark further interest in any one of these scientists, in their fields, and in their cultural circumstances." - VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Reviews