Books for Older Children & Young Adults

Most of the titles listed are collective or individual biographies of women scientists and physicians. Some include classroom activities to help students understand the scientific contributions of these women.

2434 Bachrach, Deborah. MARGARET SANGER. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books, 1993.

2435 Baker, Rachel. AMERICA’S FIRST TRAINED NURSE: LINDA RICHARDS. New York: Messner, 1962. Nursing history and biography from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

2436 Billings, Charlene W. GRACE HOPPER: NAVY ADMIRAL & COMPUTER PIONEER. Hillside, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 1989.

2437 Bowman, Kathleen. NEW WOMEN IN MEDICINE. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 1976. Includes biographies of sex educator Mary Calderone, pediatrician Kathryn Nichol, neurologist Anna Elington, medical researcher Mary Louise Robbins, endocrinologist Estelle Ramey, nurse-midwife Margaret Hewitt, and psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

2438 Brandt, Keith. MARIE CURIE, BRAVE SCIENTIST. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Assoc., 1983.

2439 Brown, Jordan. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL: PHYSICIAN. New York: Chelsea House, 1989.

2440 Brown, Marion Marsh. HOMEWARD THE ARROW’S FLIGHT. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1980. On Omaha Indian physician Susan LaFlesche Picotte.


2442 Bryan, Jenny. HEALTH AND SCIENCE. New York: Hampstead Press, 1988. Examines the participation of women in medical and scientific discoveries and the growth of health care in France, Great Britain, and the U.S. through the lives of Marie Curie, Cicely Saunders, and Clara Barton.

2443 Carson, Rachel. THE SENSE OF WONDER. New York: Harper & Row, 1956.

2444 Clapp, Patricia. DR. ELIZABETH, THE STORY OF THE FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR. New York: Lothrop, 1974.

2445 Clark, Eugenie. LADY AND THE SHARKS. Sarasota, NY: Mote Marine Lab, 1991. Autobiography of an ichthyologist, reprinted from a 1969 edition.

2446 Crawford, Deborah. LISE MEITNER, ATOMIC PIONEER. New York: Crown, 1969.


2448 DeLeeuw, Adele. MARIE CURIE, WOMAN OF GENIUS. Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1970.

2449 Douty, Esther M. AMERICA’S FIRST WOMAN CHEMIST: ELLEN RICHARDS. New York: Messner, 1961.

2450 Dubowski, Cathy East. CLARA BARTON: HEALING THE WOUNDS. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1991.

2451 Dunn, Andrew. MARIE CURIE. New York: Franklin Watts, 1991.

2452 Emberlin, Diane. CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN: SCIENCE. Minneapolis: Dillon Press, 1977.

2453 Facklam, Margery. WILD ANIMALS, GENTLE WOMEN. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Includes zoologists and animal behaviorists.

2454 Ferris, Jeri. NATIVE AMERICAN DOCTOR: THE STORY OF SUSAN LAFLESCHE PICOTTE. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1991. Biography of the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school.

2455 Fromer, Julie. JANE GOODALL: LIVING WITH THE CHIMPS. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books, 1992. For grades 3-6.

2456 Gallardo, Evelyn. AMONG THE ORANGUTANS: THE BIRUTE GALDIKAS STORY. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993. Primatologist.

2457 Gleasner, Diana C. BREAKTHROUGH: WOMEN IN SCIENCE. New York: Walker, 1983.

2458 Goldberg, Jake. RACHEL CARSON. New York: Chelsea Juniors, 1992.

2459 Goodfield, June. AN IMAGINED WORLD: A STORY OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. An intimate portrait of five years in the life of a cancer researcher.

2460 Haber, Louis. WOMEN PIONEERS OF SCIENCE. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.

2461 Hume, Ruth. GREAT WOMEN OF MEDICINE. New York: Random House, 1974. Includes biographies of physicians, nurses, and researchers.

2462 Jezer, Marty. RACHEL CARSON: BIOLOGIST AND AUTHOR. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.

2463 Kaye, Judith. THE LIFE OF FLORENCE SABIN. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 1993. For grades 4-8.

2464 Keller, Mollie. MARIE CURIE. New York: Watts, 1982.


2466 Kittredge, Mary. BARBARA MCCLINTOCK. New York: Chelsea House, 1991. Biography of Nobel Prize winning geneticist.

2467 Kronstadt, Janet. FLORENCE SABIN. New York: Chelsea House, 1990. Immunologist.

2468 Kudlinski, Kathleen V. RACHEL CARSON: PIONEER OF ECOLOGY. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1988.

2469 Latham, Jean Lee. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL: PIONEER WOMAN DOCTOR. Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1975.

2470 Lutzker, Edythe. WOMEN GAIN A PLACE IN MEDICINE. New York: McGraw- Hill, 1969. Both a history of medical treatment of women and biographies of the first British women doctors.

2471 McCoy, Joseph J. THE CANCER LADY: MAUD SLYE AND HER HEREDITARY STUDIES. Nashville: Nelson, 1977.

2472 McFerran, Anna. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL: FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1966.

2473 McKown, Robin. SHE LIVED FOR SCIENCE: IRENE JOLIOT-CURIE. New York: Messner, 1961.

2474 McLenighan, Valjean. WOMEN AND SCIENCE. Milwaukee, WI: Raintree, 1980. Careers of six women scientists.

2475 McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino. ROOFTOP ASTRONOMER: A STORY ABOUT MARIA MITCHELL. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1990.

2476 McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino. THE WORKERS’ DETECTIVE: A STORY ABOUT DR. ALICE HAMILTON. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1992. For grades 3-6.

2477 Morgan, Helen L. MARIA MITCHELL, FIRST LADY AMERICAN ASTRONOMER. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster, 1977.

2478 Murrow, Liza Ketchum. SUSAN HUMPHRIS, GEOLOGIST. Brattleboro, VT: Teachers’ Laboratory, 1989.

2479 Nies, Kevin A. FROM SORCERESS TO SCIENTIST: BIOGRAPHIES OF WOMEN PHYSICAL SCIENTISTS. California Video, 1991. Lives of women scientists series, v.1 Short biographies of nineteen astronomers, physicists, chemists, and earth scientists from different ethnic groups. Includes puzzles, demos and labs to help students understand each woman’s scientific work.

2480 Noble, Iris. CONTEMPORARY WOMEN SCIENTISTS OF AMERICA. New York: Messner, 1979.

2481 Perl, Teri. MATH EQUALS: BIOGRAPHIES OF WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley, 1978. Nine biographies with related activities for high schoolers.

2482 Perl, Teri. WOMEN AND NUMBERS: LIVES OF WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS PLUS DISCOVERY ACTIVITIES. San Carlos, CA: Wide World Publishing/Tetra, 1993. Activities based on the work of thirteen mathematicians, with biographies. For grades 3-8.

2483 Perl, Teri, and Manning, Joan M. WOMEN, NUMBERS AND DREAMS: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND MATH ACTIVITIES. Santa Rosa, CA: National Women’s History Project, 1982. Teacher’s manual available also.

2484 Pflaum, Rosalynd. MARIE CURIE AND HER DAUGHTER IRENE. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993. For grades 5-9.

2485 Phelan, Mary Kay. PROBING THE UNKNOWN: THE STORY OF DR. FLORENCE SABIN. New York: Dell, 1976. Reprint of 1969 Crowell edition.

2486 Ranahan, Demerris. CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN: MEDICINE. Minneapolis, MN: Dillon, 1981. Includes Helen Taussig, Virginia Apgar, Savitri Ramcharan, Adele Hofman, Olga Jonasson and others.

2487 Sabin, Francene. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL, THE FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Assoc., 1982.

2488 SALUTE TO BLACK WOMEN INVENTORS: LEARNING ACTIVITIES. Chicago, IL: Chandler/White, 1990. Inventions patented by Black women from 1884 to 1975 with a learning activity for each invention.

2489 Stanford, Barbara. WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Portland, ME: J. Weston Walch, 1975.

2490 Steinkamp, Marjorie W., and Maehr, Martin L., eds. WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1984.

2491 Stopes-Roe, Harry Verdon with Ian Scott. MARIE STOPES AND BIRTH CONTROL. London: Priory Press, 1974.

2492 Stott, Carole. INTO THE UNKNOWN. New York: Hampstead Press, 1989. Astronomer Caroline Herschel, aviator Amy Johnson, and astronaut Sally Ride.

2493 Stwertka, Eve. RACHEL CARSON. New York: Franklin Watts, 1991.

2494 Tames, Richard. MARIE CURIE. New York: Franklin Watts, 1990.

2495 Topalian, Elyse. MARGARET SANGER. New York: F. Watts, 1984.

2496 Vare, Ethlie Ann. ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT: A STORY ABOUT ELLEN SWALLOW RICHARDS. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1992. Grades 3-6.

2497 Veglahn, Nancy. THE MYSTERIOUS RAYS: MARIE CURIE’S WORLD. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1977.

2498 Veglahn, Nancy. WOMEN SCIENTISTS. New York: Facts on File, 1992.

2499 Verheyden-Hilliard, Mary Ellen. AMERICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE BIOGRAPHIES. Bethesda, MD: Equity Institute, 1988. A series of 15 biographies for children (grades 1-4) about women scientists and mathematicians from diverse ethnic groups. Includes mathematicians Shirley Mathis McBay and Caryn Navy, engineer Nancy Wallace, and scientists Antoinette Rodez Schiesler, Rue Chih Cheo Huang, Constance Tom Noguchi, Maria Cordero Hardy, Agnes Naranjo Stroud-Lee, Elma Gonzalez, Phyllis Stearner, Judith Pachciarz, June Rooks, and Anne Barrett Swanson.

2500 Wadsworth, Ginger. RACHEL CARSON: VOICE FOR THE EARTH. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 1992.

2501 Weaver, Rebecca, and Dale, Rodney. MACHINES IN THE HOME. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

2502 Wilkie, Katherine E. MARIA MITCHELL: STAR GAZER. Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1966.

2503 “Women Heroes of Science: A Bibliography, a Selection of Titles About the History of Women in Science.” SCIENCE BOOKS & FILMS 27, no.2 (March 1, 1991): 33-34.

2504 Yost, Edna. AMERICAN WOMEN OF SCIENCE. Philadelphia, PA: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1943; Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, 1955. Rev. ed. Biographies of Ellen H. Richards (home economist), Annie Jump Cannon (astronomer), Alice Hamilton (industrial toxicologist), Florence Rena Sabin (medical researcher), Mary Engle Pennington (refrigeration expert), Lillian Moller Gilbreth (management engineer), Libbie Henrietta Hyman (zoologist), Wanda K. Farr (botanist), Hazel K. Stiebeling (nutritionist), Florence B. Seibert (chemist), Katharine Burr Blodgett (physicist), and Margaret Mead (anthropologist).

2505 Yost, Edna. WOMEN OF MODERN SCIENCE. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1959: repr. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1984. Biographies of Gerty Theresa Cori (biochemist), Lise Meitner (physicist), Helen Sawyer Hogg (astronomer), Elizabeth Shull Russell (geneticist), Rachel Fuller Brown (biochemist), Chien Shiung Wu (nuclear physicist), Edith Hinkley Quimby (physicist), Jocelyn Crane (zoologist), Florence van Straten (meteorologist), Gladys Anderson Emerson (biochemist), and Dorothea Rudnick (embryologist).