Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World (Hardcover)

Six Scientists Who Changed the World

By Laurie Lawlor

Holiday House, 9780823436750, 48pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2017



"Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers."--Kirkus Reviews

Super Women celebrates the scientific as well as the social significance of six incredible women who broke new ground with their research, busted through glass ceilings with their careers, and advanced humanity's understanding of our world in the process. These amazing women defied prejudice to succeed in the sciences using genius, ambition, and perseverance:

    • Katherine Coleman Johnson, a mathematician who calculated trajectories for NASA flights and is one of the women showcased in the award-winning feature film, Hidden Figures

    • Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist who swam with sharks

    • Marie Tharp, a cartographer who mapped the ocean floor

    • Florence Hawley Ellis, an anthropologist of Pueblo cultures who pioneered tree-ring dating

    • Gertrude Elion, a Noble Prize-winning pharmacologist who developed treatments for leukemia and AIDS

    • Margaret Burbidge, an astrophysicist who formulated a theory of quasars and helped create the Hubble telescope

ALA Notable Book author Laurie Lawlor deftly paints portraits of each of these pioneers who refused to take no for an answer, pursuing their passions through fieldwork, observations, laboratories, and research vessels in the face of sexism. This diverse group of women, all with awe-inspiring accomplishments, were active mentors and determined people who wouldn't take no for an answer.

The beautifully written book includes key photographs, a glossary, and source notes--and is truly an important book for our time.