Ladies in the Laboratory: American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900 a Survey of Their Contributions to Research

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9780585276847: Ladies in the Laboratory: American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900 a Survey of Their Contributions to Research

A systematic survey and comparison of the work of 19th-century American and British women in scientific research, this book covers the two countries in which women of the period were most active in scientific work and examines all the fields in which they were engaged. The field-by-field examination brings out patterns and concentrations in women's research (in both countries) and allows a systematic comparison of the two national groups. Through this comparison, new insights are provided into how the national patterns developed and what they meant, in terms of both the process of women's entry into research and the contributions they made there. Ladies in the Laboratory? features a specialized bibliography of nineteenth century research journal publications by women, created from the London Royal Society's Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1800-1900. In addition, 23 illustrations present in condensed form information about American and British women's scientific publications throughout the nineteenth century. This well-organized blend of individual life stories and quantitative information presents a great deal of new data and field-by-field analysis; its broad and methodical coverage will make it a basic work for everyone interested in the story of women's participation in nineteenth century science.

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About the Author:

Mary R.S. Creese is an associate at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas. After almost thirty years as a reserch chemist, she turned to the subject of women's contributions to scientific work and has published more than 20 articles on early women scientists.


This volume provides much more information about the scientific work performed by these women and includes more women from that time period than many other biographical sources...offers a substantial addition to more comprehensive reference collections. (Arba)

Useful as a reference and an encyclopedia... (Science Books And Films)

It is a reference work, and will be most useful (indeed indispensable) to persons interested in the history of science and women's studies. Though costly, the excellent workmanship evident in its production, its level of scholarship, and the numerous charts comparing the distributions of authors and papers within fields and between countries return a wealth of information for the expense. (Herpetological Review)

In graceful and occasionally wry prose, Ladies delivers the details about 680 scientists. (Kansas Alumni Magazine)

...its scope and uniformly excellent coverage of the scientific achievements of these women make it indispensable for any scholarly library. All levels. (Choice)

...the coverage is broad and impresses the reader of how active women were in nineteenth-century sciences...should take a solid place on the shelves of academic, public, and special libraries. (Rusq)

Mary Creese has put together a splendid survey of those pioneering scientific women that helps to match names and lives with those women who faced the challenges of society... gives a wonderful picture of the scientific world from the perspective of these women... (Bulletin For The History Of Chemistry)

Nevertheless, Mary and Thomas Creese have provided a dense volume that will be of great value to British and American historians of science and should be in all academic libraries. (Isis)

Mary Creese's exceptionally significant a comprehensive analysis of the development of women's science during the 19th century in the United States and Britain in various invaluable resource. (Taxon)

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