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The Cambridge dictionary of scientists
Millar, David.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xii, 428 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1996.
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Q141 .C128 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume is an invaluable one-stop reference book for anyone wanting a brief and accurate account of the life and work of those who created science from its beginnings to the present day. The alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated, covering over 1,500 key scientists (157 more than in the previous edition) from 40 countries. Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology are all represented and special attention is paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others. This new edition includes recent Nobel laureates, as well as winners of the Fields Medal, the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Illustrated with around 150 portraits, diagrams, maps and tables, and with special panel features, this book is an accessible guide to the world's prominent scientific personalities. David Millar has carried out research into the flow of polar ice sheets at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and in Antarctica. He has also written on a range of science and technology topics, and edited a study of the politics of the Antarctic. His professional career has been spent in the oil industry, principally in the marketing of geoscience software. He lives in France. John Millar graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and has a doctorate from Imperial College, London. He worked for BP developing new geophysical methods for use in oil exploration and production. In 1994 he co-founded GroundFlow Ltd., which has developed electrokinetic surveying and logging as a new technique for imaging and mapping fluids in subsurface porous rocks.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

We called the first edition "a useful quick-identification source" when it appeared in 1996. This edition adds more than 150 scientists and updates entries for many others. Also new are portraits of many of the scientists.

Choice Review

After a six-year interval, the second edition of the Millars' dictionary (1st ed., CH, Jan'97) adds some 100 scientists, bringing the number of profiles to nearly 1,500. The Millars have also updated or added several new panels by guest scientists--summary accounts of selected scientific topics of current interest. The biggest change is the inclusion of portraits of nearly 150 scientists, including many women. The book's greatest strength remains the inclusion of women scientists, and of separate panels on the entry of women into astronomy, medicine, chemistry in Britain, and the biological sciences. It offers a chronology of major events in science, lists of Nobel Prize winners in science, winners of the Fields Medal for Mathematics, and a subject and biography index. It will appeal mainly to young and general readers. Those who need information in greater depth about these scientists must look elsewhere, helped little by the Millars, who provide only a few general references. R. J. Havlik emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

List of panels
About the authors
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Symbols and conventions
A-Z Dictionary
Nobel prizewinners in science
Winners of the Fields Medal for Mathematics