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Asian-American scientists
Yount, Lisa.
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New York : Facts on File, [1998]

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xiii, 112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Profiles twelve Asian-American scientists, including Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Paul Chung-wu Chu, and Constance Tom Noguchi.
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Central Library Q141 .Y678 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Each volume in the American Profiles series provides middle and high school students with concise information on eight to thirteen important and influential figures in a particular field of endeavor.

Profiles are organized around a movement, event, or profession that has had a significant, lasting impact on American history and contemporary life. Essential biographical information is included for each figure, but the heart of each profile describes the critical achievements and contributions of the individual under consideration and assesses the subject's significance, not only in the context of the person's own lifetime, but in the broader sweep of American history.

Placing each figure's achievements and contributions in a historical context makes each profile the ideal source for preparing reports. Students can use this framework as a basis for comparisons and contrasts, which will given them a better understanding of how individuals shape, and are shaped by, the times in which they live.

Profiles include: Flossie Wong-Staal; Chien-shiung Wu, Tsung Dao Lee, and Chen Ning Yang; Constance Tom Noguchi; David Da-i Ho; Paul Ching-wu Chu; Samuel Chao Chung Ting; Har Gobind Khorana; Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar; Susumu Tonegawa; and Tsutomo Shimomura.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. This collective biography from the American Profiles series introduces American scientists who were born in Asia or lived there as children, or both. Among the 12 subjects (including five Nobel laureates) are Chinese-American AIDS researcher Flossie Wong-Staal, IndianAmerican astronomer Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Japanese-American computer scientist Tsutomo Shimomura. Yount writes their biographies succinctly, developing a series of interesting narratives highlighting scientific accomplishments. Each chapter ends with a chronology and a bibliography. To be illustrated with 22 black-and-white photos and five line drawings. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Yount profiles 12 Asian-Americans who have made important contributions in different fields of science. Some of the individuals came to the U.S. in early childhood; others immigrated as young adults to further their education or scientific research. Included are four Nobel Prize winners in physics (Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Chen Ning Yang, Tsung Dao Lee, and Samuel Chao Chung Ting) and a nuclear physicist who carried out the experiments that proved Lee and Yang's theory (Chien-shiung Wu); two Nobel laureates in medicine (Har Gobind Khorana and Susumu Tonegawa); two AIDS researchers (Flossie Wong-Staal and David Da-i Ho); an information specialist in computer security (Tsutomo Shimomura); an expert on superconductivity technology (Paul Ching-wu Chu); and a sickle-cell disease researcher (Constance Tom Noguchi). Each entry includes basic biographical information and a discussion of the scientist's professional achievements. Diagrams clarify technical information in the text. Brief quotations from each scientist appear in sidebars. A chronology and a list of further reading about the work of the scientist and related topics appear at the end of each chapter. A useful addition for reports and for teachers wanting to feature 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.



Here are twelve Asian-American scientists who, while often unrecognized by the media and the public, have contributed to major scientific advances in the past century. Their ability to balance and blend two very different worlds has made them remarkable role models. Profiles include: Flossie Wong-Staal: Chinese-American AIDS researcher Chien-shiung Wu, Tsung Dao Lee, and Chen Ning Yang: Chinese-American physicists; Lee and Yang shared the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics Constance Tom Noguchi: Chinese-American biochemist David Da-i Ho: Taiwanese-American AIDS researcher Paul Ching-wu Chu: Chinese-American superconductivity scientist Samuel Chao Chung Ting: Chinese/Taiwanese-American nuclear physicist; winner of 1976 Nobel Prize for physics (with Burton Richter)Har Gobind Khorana: Indian-American biochemist; winner of 1968 Noble Prize in physiology or medicine (shared)Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Indian-American astronomer; winner of 1983 Nobel Prize Susumu Tonegawa: Japanese-American biochemist; winner of 1987 Nobel Prize Tsutomo Shimomura: Japanese-American computer scientist. Excerpted from Asian-American Scientists by Lisa Yount 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.

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