THE HISTORY OF WOMEN AND SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND TECHNOLOGY:
A BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONS AND THE DISCIPLINES

Reference: Biographies (53-82)


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Reference: Biographies (53-82)
 
This section features bibliographies of biographical works, collective
biographies, and biographical dictionaries. Additional citations will be found
in the appropriate sections by major field of endeavor.
 
Additional resources: Kali Herman's WOMEN IN PARTICULAR: AN INDEX TO AMERICAN
WOMEN (Phoenix: Oryx, 1984) serves as an index to biographical information on
women found in 54 biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference
sources. Relevant field and career indexes are "Domestic Science and Home
Economics," "Medicine and Life Sciences," and "Physics, Mathematics, and Earth
Sciences." BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX, ISIS CURRENT BIBLIOGRAPHY and its cumulations,
and the BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE are some of the other resources
pointing to further biographical writings. Obituaries for women scientists and
health professionals can be found in specialized journals and newsletters,
general periodicals such as SCIENCE and NATURE, and local and national
newspapers (many retrievable on-line in full-text). Alumnae magazines,
especially from women's colleges, often feature biographical articles on past
and present faculty and students in the sciences.
 
BIBLIOGRAPHIES OF BIOGRAPHIES
 
 53       Barr, E. Scott. AN INDEX TO BIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENTS IN UNSPECIFIED
SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS. University, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1973.
Alphabetic index to biographical material in 19th and early 20th century issues
of AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY (London),
NATURE, POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY, PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, and SCIENCE. Some
women are among the listings.
 
 54       Herzenberg, Caroline L. WOMEN SCIENTISTS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE
PRESENT: AN INDEX. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press, 1986. An alphabetical
guide to biographical entries on some 2,500 women scientists in approximately
130 standard works. A very useful index identifies scientists by their fields.
 
 55       Hoyrup, Else. WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MEDICINE: A
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University Library, 1987.
International scope. References to biographies are alphabetical by name.
 
 56       Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey. WOMEN IN SCIENCE: ANTIQUITY THROUGH THE
NINETEENTH CENTURY: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY WITH ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986. Nearly 200 short biographical accounts,
arranged alphabetically, plus a general bibliography and historical
introduction, both arranged chronologically.
 
 57       Siegel, Patricia Joan, and Finley, Kay Thomas. WOMEN IN THE
SCIENTIFIC SEARCH: AN AMERICAN BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY, 1724-1979. Metuchen, NJ:
Scarecrow, 1985. Organized by scientific discipline.  Provides biographical
sketches and brief bibliographies for some 250 women.
 
COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHIES AND BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARIES
 
 58       Arnold, Lois Barber. FOUR LIVES IN SCIENCE: WOMEN'S EDUCATION IN THE
NINETEENTH CENTURY. New York: Schocken Books, 1984. "Educational biographies"
of naturalist Maria Martin Bachman (1796-1863), science educator Almira Hart
Lincoln Phelps (1793-1884), home economist Louisa C. Allen Gregory (1848-1920),
and geologist Florence Bascom (1862-1945).
 
 59       Bertsch, Sharon M. Grayne. NOBEL PRIZE WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEIR LIVES,
STRUGGLES, AND MOMENTOUS DISCOVERIES. Secaucus, NJ: Carol, 1992. Also published
New York: Birch Lane Press, 1993.
 
 60       BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: AN HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA, ed. Darlene Clark
Hine. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson, 1993. 2 v. To find relevant biographical essays,
use the biographical index under: mathematicians (7 listed), nurses (19),
physicians (39), psychiatrist (1), and scientists (3). See also the topical
essays "midwives," "physicians, nineteenth century," "physicians, twentieth
century," "science," and "mathematics."
 
 61       Gacs, Ute, et al., eds. WOMEN ANTHROPOLOGISTS: A BIOGRAPHICAL
DICTIONARY. New York: Greenwood, 1988.
 
 62       Golemba, Beverly E. LESSER-KNOWN WOMEN: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.
Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1992. The "Index by Profession and
Accomplishment," pp.327-340, lists 9 women astronomers, 1 dentist, 5 inventors,
8 mathematicians, 5 midwives, 21 nurses, 39 physicians, and 41 scientists from
1600 to the present.
 
 63       Kass-Simon, G., and Farnes, Patricia, eds., and Nash, Deborah, assoc.
ed. WOMEN OF SCIENCE: RIGHTING THE RECORD. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University
Press, 1990. Articles on such areas as: geography, astronomy, math,
engineering, physics, biology, medical sciences, chemistry, and
crystallography.
 
 64       Kosheleva, Inna. WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1983.
Biographies of Russian women scientists.
 
 65       McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch. NOBEL PRIZE WOMEN IN SCIENCE: THEIR LIVES,
STRUGGLES AND MOMENTOUS DISCOVERIES. New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1993.
 
 66       Noble, Iris. CONTEMPORARY WOMEN SCIENTISTS OF AMERICA. New York:
Messner, 1979.
 
 67       NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN, 1607-1950: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, ed.
Edward T. James, Janet Wilson James, and Paul S. Boyer. Cambridge, MA: Belknap
Press of Harvard University Press, 1971. 3 vols. "Classified List of Selected
Biographies" covers botanists and horticulturists, geographers and geologists,
health reform advocates, home economists, inventors, mathematicians,
naturalists, nurses, physicians.
 
 68       NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN: THE MODERN PERIOD, ed. Barbara Sicherman, et
al. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1980. Supplements
the three-volume set of NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN [see James entry].
 
 69       NOTABLE BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN, ed. Jessie Carney Smith. Detroit: Gale
Research, 1992. Five hundred biographical entries of historical and
contemporary women including: astronaut Mae C. Jemison; biologist Jewell
Plummer Cobb; chemist Eslanda Goode Robeson; health administrator Effie O'Neal
Ellis; midwife Biddy Mason; neurosurgeon Alexa Canady; pharmacists Amanda Gray
Hilyer; Mollie Moon; and Ella P. Stewart; physicist Shirley Ann Jackson;
surgeon Dorothy Brown; several nurses, nurse administrators, physicians and
others.
 
 70       NOTABLE HISPANIC AMERICAN WOMEN, ed. Diane Telgen, and Jim Kamp.
Detroit: Gale Research, 1993. Biographical dictionary of historical and
contemporary women including: astronaut Ellen Ochoa; healer Teresa Urrea;
scientists Paulette Atencio; Clarissa Pinkola Est s; Romy Ledesma; and Adriana
C. Ocampo; and several medical/health care workers and physicians.
 
 71       O'Hern, Elizabeth M. PROFILES OF PIONEER WOMEN SCIENTISTS.
Washington: Acropolis Books, 1985. Biographies of twenty women, mostly
microbiologists.
 
 72       Opfell, Olga S. THE LADY LAUREATES: WOMEN WHO HAVE WON THE NOBEL
PRIZE. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1986. 2nd ed. Includes biographical sketches of
seven Nobelists in the sciences.
 
 73       Read, Phyllis J., and Witlieb, Bernard L. THE BOOK OF WOMEN'S FIRSTS:
BREAK-THROUGH ACHIEVEMENTS OF ALMOST 1000 AMERICAN WOMEN. New York: Random
House, 1992. For breakthroughs of women in science, health, and technology, use
the subject index under "Agriculture and home economics," "Medicine," and
"Science and technology" (with many sub-headings).
 
 74       Reed, Elizabeth W. AMERICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR.
Minneapolis, MN: Published by author, 1992. 400 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis,
MN 55455.
 
 75       Rudolph, Emanuel D. "Women Who Studied Plants in the Pre-Twentieth
Century United States and Canada." TAXON 39, no.2 (May 1990): 151-205.
 
 76       Sammons, Vivian Ovelton. BLACKS IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE. New York:
Hemisphere, 1990. A biographical compendium of historical and living Black
scientists and physicians. Although "women" are not indexed, the index does
note those who were first in their fields, such as the first Black female Ph.D.
in physics and the first elected to the American College of Surgeons.
 
 77       Schacher, Susan. HYPATIA'S SISTERS: BIOGRAPHIES OF WOMEN SCIENTISTS.
Seattle, WA: Feminists Northwest, 1976.
 
 78       Uglow, Jennifer S., ed. THE CONTINUUM DICTIONARY OF WOMEN'S
BIOGRAPHY. New York: Continuum, 1989. rev. ed. Frances Hinton served as
Assistant Editor for Science, Mathematics and Medicine for the first edition,
called THE INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF WOMEN'S BIOGRAPHY. In "Subject Index,"
see A.3.2, "Health care: medicine, nursing, birth control, psychoanalysis," and
B.1.2, "Mathematics, pure sciences, medicine."
 
 79       WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, 1988.
Prepared by the NIH Advisory Committee on Women's Health Issues.
 
 80       Wupperman, Alice. "Women in `American Men of Science': a Tabular
Study From the Sixth Edition." JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 18 (March 1941):
120-121. Statistics on the fields and occupations of 800 women (2.9% of the
total entries) in the 6th edition of AMS, 1938.
 
 81       Yost, Edna. AMERICAN WOMEN OF SCIENCE. Philadelphia, PA: Frederick A.
Stokes Co., 1943; Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1955. Rev. ed. Biographies of
Ellen H. Richards (home economist), Annie Jump Cannon (astronomer), Alice
Hamilton (industrial toxicologist), Florence Rena Sabin (medical researcher),
Mary Engle Pennington (refrigeration expert), Lillian Moller Gilbreth
(management engineer), Libbie Henrietta Hyman (zoologist), Wanda K. Farr
(botanist), Hazel K. Stiebeling (nutritionist), Florence B. Seibert (chemist),
Katharine Burr Blodgett (physicist), and Margaret Mead (anthropologist).
 
 82       Yost, Edna. WOMEN OF MODERN SCIENCE. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1959:
repr. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1984. Biographies of Gerty Theresa Cori
(biochemist), Lise Meitner (physicist), Helen Sawyer Hogg (astronomer),
Elizabeth Shull Russell (geneticist), Rachel Fuller Brown (biochemist), Chien
Shiung Wu (nuclear physicist), Edith Hinkley Quimby (physicist), Jocelyn Crane
(zoologist), Florence van Straten (meteorologist), Gladys Anderson Emerson
(biochemist), and Dorothea Rudnick (embryologist).


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