Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949 (Hardback)
  • Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949 (Hardback)

Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949 (Hardback)

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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 24/10/2008
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British chemistry has traditionally been depicted as a solely male endeavour. However, this perspective is untrue: the allure of chemistry has attracted women since the earliest times. Despite the barriers placed in their path, women studied academic chemistry from the 1880s onwards and made interesting or significant contributions to their fields, yet they are virtually absent from historical records.Comprising a unique set of biographies of 141 of the 896 known women chemists from 1880 to 1949, this work attempts to address the imbalance by showcasing the determination of these women to survive and flourish in an environment dominated by men. Individual biographical accounts interspersed with contemporary quotes describe how women overcame the barriers of secondary and tertiary education, and of admission to professional societies. Although these women are lost to historical records, they are brought together here for the first time to show that a vibrant culture of female chemists did indeed exist in Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Publisher: Imperial College Press
ISBN: 9781860949869
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 930 g
Dimensions: 231 x 157 x 36 mm

Chemistry was their life has been very well researched and is extensively referenced ]] It is of great interest also to read of the battle which these women had to obtain recognition by professional societies. -- Chemistry World "Chemistry World"
Chemistry Was Their Life is an important contribution to the history of chemistry, providing a glimpse into the lives of pioneering British women. It has a lot of information about the women who worked in one or another capacity as chemists It is warmly recommended to all chemists, chemistry historians, and to scientists involved with gender studies. -- Springer "Springer"

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