International Women in Science

A Biographical Dictionary to 1950

by Catharine M. C. Haines


In a world dominated by men, women have struggled in obscurity to make their mark in science. In fields ranging from aeronautics to zoology, the pioneering discoveries of these women are a testament to their ability to overcome cultural prejudices against education and career advancement for women.

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November 2001


Pages 383
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Women's Studies/General
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A comprehensive biographical guide to the scientific achievements, personal lives, and struggles of women scientists from around the globe.

International Women in Science: A Bibliographical Dictionary to 1950 presents the enormous contributions of women outside North America in fields ranging from aviation to computer science to zoology. It provides fascinating profiles of nearly 400 women scientists, both renowned figures like Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie and women we should know better, like Rosalind Franklin, who, along with James Watson and Francis Crick, uncovered the structure of DNA.

Students and researchers will see how the lives of these remarkable women unfolded, and how they made their place in fields often stubbornly guarded by men, overcoming everything from limited education and professional opportunities, to indifference, ridicule, and cultural prejudice, to outright hostility and discrimination. Included are a number of living scientists, many of whom provide insights into their lives and scientific times. Those contributions, plus additional previously unavailable material, make this a volume of unprecedented scope and richness.


  • A–Z entries from Madge Gertrude Adam to Audrey Wood, covering disciplines such as psychology, astronomy, physics, medicine, agriculture, paleontology, and more
  • Contributions from a number of women scientists practicing today
  • Photographs of scientists such as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Maria Montessori
  • Full, end-of-entry bibliographies, a list of women scientists by specialty, and a comprehensive index


  • Covers non-American women in science beginning with women who flourished around 1600 to those who started their careers by 1950, many of whom contributed to their own entries
  • Provides biographical information on each woman including childhood, education, motivations, accomplishments, and challenges
Author Info

Catharine M. C. Haines is a professional writer specializing in scientific research, teaching and librarianship.



"International Women in Science is recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries ... "Booklist

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