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African American women scientists and inventors
Sullivan, Otha Richard, 1941-
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New York : Wiley, [2002]

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ix, 150 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Part one: The early years. Ellen F. Eglin, Sara E. Goode, Miriam E. Benjamin -- Part two: Into the new century. Madame C.J. Walker, Annie Turnbo Malone, Roger Arliner Young Ph. D., Marjorie Stewart Joyner Ph. D. -- Part three: Modern times. Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner and Mildred Austin Smith, Bessie Blount Griffin, Jane Cooke Wright M.D., Evelyn Boyd Granville Ph. D., Jewel Plummer Cobb Ph. D., Angela D. Ferguson M.D., Reatha Clark King Ph. D., Betty Wright Harris Ph. D., Patricia Bath M.D., Valerie Thomas, Shirley Ann Jackson Ph. D., Alexa Canady M.D., Sharon J. Barnes, Mae Jemison M.D., Ursula Burns, Aprille Joy Ericsson Jackson Ph. D., Dannellia Gladden Green Ph. D., Chavonda J. Jacobs Young Ph. D.
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Meet African american women of science and invention from the early years to modern Times

Patricia Bath, M.D.
Miriam E. Benjamin
Ursula Burns
Alexa Canady, M.D.
Jewel Plummer Cobb, Ph.D.
Ellen F. Eglin
Angela D. Ferguson, M.D.
Sara E. Goode
Evelyn Boyd Granville, Ph.D.
Dannellia Gladden Green, Ph.D.
Bessie Blount Griffin
Betty Wright Harris, Ph.D.
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Aprille Joy Ericsson Jackson, Ph.D.
Mae Jemison, M.D.
Marjorie Stewart Joyner, Ph.D.
Mary Kenner
Reatha Clark King, Ph.D.
Annie Turnbo Malone
Mildred Austin Smith
Valerie Thomas
Madame C. J. Walker
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.
Roger Arliner Young, Ph.D.
Chavonda J. Jacobs Young, Ph.D.

Author Notes

OTHA RICHARD SULLIVAN , Ed.D., is a former science teacher and middle school guidance counselor. As head of Detroit's program to infuse African American history into the public school curriculum, he instructed teachers on how to incorporate African American scientific history into their classes. He is also the author of African American Inventors (Wiley).

JIM HASKINS has written more than one hundred books for young readers, including African American Entrepreneurs (Wiley); his collaboration with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story ; and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation . He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-This companion to Sullivan's African American Inventors (Wiley, 1998) profiles 26 women, beginning with Ellen F. Eglin, who was born in 1849 and invented a clothes-wringer, and concluding with Chavonda J. Jacobs Young, who was born in 1967 and has been a research scientist and professor. There is some crossover between the two titles. The introduction discusses the lack of information on the contributions of African-American women and the historical reasons for it. Each brief biography describes the subject's background and achievements, and, in some cases, the obstacles that she had to overcome. Coverage ranges from well-known individuals, such as Madame C. J. Walker, to the lesser known, such as Miriam E. Benjamin, who patented a gong-and-signal chair that was used in the U.S. House of Representatives. When available, black-and-white pictures have been included, as well as photographs and or drawings of certain inventions. This much-needed book is a fine supplement to units on inventors and inventions, and would be useful in multicultural studies.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Georgia Williams Scaife, Ph.D.
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Early Yearsp. 5
Ellen F. Eglinp. 7
Sara E. Goodep. 13
Miriam E. Benjaminp. 18
Part 2 Into the New Centuryp. 23
Madame C. J. Walkerp. 25
Annie Turnbo Malonep. 31
Roger Arliner Young, Ph.D.p. 35
Marjorie Stewart Joyner, Ph.D.p. 40
Part 3 Modern Timesp. 45
Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner and Mildred Austin Smithp. 47
Bessie Blount Griffinp. 51
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.p. 56
Evelyn Boyd Granville, Ph.D.p. 62
Jewel Plummer Cobb, Ph.D.p. 68
Angela D. Ferguson, M.D.p. 72
Reatha Clark King, Ph.D.p. 77
Betty Wright Harris, Ph.D.p. 83
Patricia Bath, M.D.p. 88
Valerie Thomasp. 93
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.p. 97
Alexa Canady, M.D.p. 102
Sharon J. Barnesp. 108
Mae Jemison, M.D.p. 112
Ursula Burnsp. 117
Aprille Joy Ericsson Jackson, Ph.D.p. 121
Dannellia Gladden Green, Ph.D.p. 126
Chavonda J. Jacobs Young, Ph.D.p. 130
Chronologyp. 135
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 143
Picture Creditsp. 145
Indexp. 147