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Hispanic-American scientists
Oleksy, Walter G., 1930-
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New York : Facts on file, [1998]

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vii, 120 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Luis Alvarez -- David Cardus -- Manuel Cardona -- Pedro Sanchez -- Mario Molina -- Henry Diaz -- Francisco Dallmeier -- Adriana Ocampo -- Margarita Colmenares -- Ellen Ochoa.
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Q141 .O42 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Profiles ten Hispanic American scientists, including Luis Alvarez, Henry Diaz, and Ellen Ochoa.

Author Notes

Walter Oleksy Walter Oleksy is a freelance writer who has written several books on computer careers. He has also written biographies of Christopher Reeve, Princess Diana, and James Dean, as well as a new book on the Phillipines. His next biography will be about Leonardo DiCaprio. He lives in a suburb of Chicago with his dog Max.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. This addition to the American Profiles series examines the lives and achievements of 10 Hispanic American scientists. Included are Luis Alvarez, a Spanish/Cuban American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1968; Pedro Sanchez, a Cuban-born soil scientist; and Adriana Ocampo, a Colombian-born planetary geologist. Each straightforward biography includes a chronology and reading list for further research, though readers may find the technical descriptions of scientific processes and discoveries tedious and without context. The book purports to show how the Spanish language and Hispanic American culture have helped these scientists in their careers, but that is only briefly addressed and examined; most of the scientists say that their Hispanic background had little or no impact on their studies or careers. However, the book provides a useful general introduction to many interesting areas of scientific study and what they entail, via the often-overlooked contributions of an important ethnic group. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘A look at 10 Hispanic Americans who have made important contributions in various fields of science since the end of World War II. Luis Alvarez, Francisco Dallmeier, Adriana Ocampo, Margarita Colmenares, and Ellen Ochoa are among the individuals profiled. Each entry includes basic information about the scientist's date and place of birth, parents' backgrounds, childhood interests, education, and a description of his or her personal and professional achievements. Oleksy interviewed all of the scientists except Alvarez, who died in 1988. Quotes from these interviews enliven the text. Some of the people commented on how being Hispanic American has impacted on their careers and they offer advice to students. The lists of further reading at the end of each chapter include books by the scientists and materials on related topics. Good-quality black-and-white photos appear throughout. This title will be useful for reports and for teachers seeking to highlight the achievements of contemporary scientists.‘Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



This volume describes the lives and achievements of ten Hispanic-American scientists since the end of World War II. Their fields include physics, biology, chemistry, meteorology, geology, medicine, environmental engineering, soil science, optics, and space exploration. Profiles include: Francisco Dallmeier: Venezuelan-born biologist Ellen Ochoa: first Hispanic-American astronaut Mario Molina: Mexican-born chemist Henry Diaz: Cuban-born meteorologist Margarita Colmenares: Mexican American environmental engineer Luis Alvarez: Spanish/Cuban-American winner of 1968 Nobel Prize for physics David Cardus: Spanish-born physician Manuel Cardona: Spanish-born physicist Pedro Sanchez: Cuban-born soil scientist Adriana Ocampo: Colombian-born planetary geologist. Excerpted from Hispanic-American Scientists by Walter Oleksy All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.