African Americans in Science
|Publication Date: 10/2008|
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|Hardcover|| ||$195.00|| ||978-1-85109-998-6|
An Encyclopedia of People and Progress
Charles W. Carey, Jr.
This encyclopedia provides the most complete treatment to date of the accomplishments of African American scientists—and the struggles of African Americans to find their place in the scientific community.
George Washington Carver is perhaps the most well-known African American scientist, but he is far from the whole story. Essential contributions from African Americans have led to a wide range of innovations, including the light bulb, refrigeration and air conditioning, nuclear reactors, and open-heart surgery.
This comprehensive reference work sheds new light on an aspect of African American life that is often overlooked. More than a summary of individuals and accomplishments, African Americans in Science: An Encyclopedia of People and Progress explores the entire experience of African Americans seeking a place in the scientific community—not just the triumphs but the frustrations, discriminations, and the efforts to support (and sometimes impede) African American scientists.
African Americans in Science offers alphabetically organized entries in three areas: the contributions of African Americans in over 30 different fields of science and medicine, schools and organizations that played a role in the development of African American scientists, and additional topics related to African American scientists. No other reference offers such a complete and up-to-date portrait of the pivotal work of African Americans across the spectrum of scientific research and what it took to achieve it.
• Over 250 alphabetically organized entries covering the breadth of scientific achievements by African Americans, as well as the institutions and organizations dedicated to helping African Americans pursue scientific careers
• An extensive bibliography of both print and online sources for further reading
• Indexes organized by individual name and by discipline
• Overview entries on issues such as scientific theories of race, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, and African Americans in various scientific fields
• Surveys the history of African Americans in science from colonial days to the present
• Provides in-depth information about the scientific contributions of the 100 leading African-American scientists, including cell biologist George Langford, astrophysicist Carl Rouse, pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson, and many more
• Offers insight into the struggle faced by African Americans wishing to pursue careers in science
• Shows the extent to which the federal government, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations have to gone to ensure that African Americans have access to the opportunities they need to become successful scientists
Charles W. Carey Jr. is an independent scholar. His published works include biographical dictionaries about African American political leaders and American scientists.
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