African American Women Chemists by Jeannette E. Brown

African American Women Chemists

byJeannette E. Brown

Hardcover | December 28, 2011

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Dr. Marie Maynard Daly received her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1947. Although she was hardly the first of her race and gender to engage in the field, she was the first African American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States. In this book, Jeannette Brown, anAfrican American woman chemist herself, will present a wide-ranging historical introduction to the relatively new presence of African American women in the field of chemistry. It will detail their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were fewAfrican American men, much less African American women.The book contains sketches of the lives of African America women chemists from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960's when the Civil Rights Acts were passed and greater career opportunities began to emerge. In each sketch, Brown will explore women's motivation to study the field and detailtheir often quite significant accomplishments. Chapters focus on chemists in academia, industry, and government, as well as chemical engineers, whose career path is very different from that of the tradition chemist. The book concludes with a chapter on the future of African American women chemists,which will be of interest to all women interested in science.

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Jeannette Elizabeth Brown is a former Faculty Associate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is the 2004 Societe de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and consistently lectures on African American women in chemistry.

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Title:African American Women ChemistsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 5.79 × 8.31 × 0.91 inPublished:December 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019974288X

ISBN - 13:9780199742882

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsForeword1. Introduction2. A Historical Background3. Women who were the early pioneers in chemistry4. Dr. Marie Maynard Daly First PhD recipient5. Women in the Academy - Their struggles and successes6. Pioneer Women in Industry and Government Labs7. From Academia to the Board Room and Science Policy8. Chemical Engineers9. My Story10. Stories about Contemporary and future African American Women ChemistsAppendix