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Notable twentieth century scientists. Supplement
Krapp, Kristine M.
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Detroit : Gale, [1998]

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xxv, 617 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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This text represents a supplement to the original 4-volume set, and provides 225 new profiles on internationally renowned scientists, with special attention to women and minorities. These include Ian Wilmut, Scottish embryologist, Tim Berners-Lee, British computer scientist, and Virginia Agpar, American Anaestheologist.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This set and its supplement cover individuals in the applied and physical sciences, with special attention paid to women, minorities, and non-Western scientists. The first four volumes treat approximately 1,250 scientists. The supplement adds 234 profiles, among them physician Virginia Apgar (who devised the Apgar System of evaluating newborns), anthropologist Mary Leakey, and astronomer Carl Sagan. Entries are 400^-1,750 words and include lists of primary and secondary sources. High school and up.

Choice Review

Gale's parent collection (Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, 4v., CH, Mar'95) consists of biographical sketches of nearly 1,300 scientists, all of whom lived during part of the 20th century. The collection was intended primarily for high school students and general readers, was very broad in scope, took the data for its sketches from numerous biographical sources, and was written in a lively and informal style. It endeavored to include as many women, US ethnic minorities, and scientists from outside North America and Western Europe as possible. This supplement includes 250 new biographies and 65 updates. The "Selected Biographical Sources," "Field of Specialization Index," "Gender Index," "Nationality/Ethnicity Index," and "Subject Index" all have been updated and now include the original volumes and this supplement. Like the first four volumes, the supplement is plagued with some spelling errors and some inconsistencies in indexing. Libraries that own the original will want this supplement. (In the review copy, three signatures were missing and three were duplicates; purchasers should examine their copies carefully.) R. J. Havlik; emeritus, University of Notre Dame