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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TAMU Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890964890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890964897
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The lives of these 25 women, many of whom were born well before the turn of the century, bring to mind an old-fashioned word: gumption. Unfazed by the hazards of their chosen careers, they simply "went at it," as entomologist Anna Botsford Comstock said, "with their usual daring on untried paths," fueled in many cases by nothing more than an abiding curiosity about the natural world and a passion for collecting. Ynes Mexia, a "botanical adventurer," traveled some 3000 miles down the Amazon in only 10 years and on one trip alone gathered 33,000 specimens. Annie Montague Alexander, whom Bonta ( Appalachian Spring ) calls "a quintessential naturalist," was raised on Maui by an adventurous father who encouraged her interest in the natural world. Alexander traveled extensively in Alaska and California, and in 1947 at the age of 79, set off for Baja to collect botanical specimens. Divided into sections on naturalists, ecologists, ornithologists, botanists and entomologists, with an abbreviated biographical format, the book occasionally reads like a catalogue, making one wish for longer, more detailed studies on these remarkable women.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The 25 women profiled in this composite biography lived from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries and carried out important field studies of animals or plants in the United States and/or Central and South America. Many of the women, dismissed at first as mere dabblers, were eventually acclaimed for their contributions. Bonta, author of Appalachian Spring ( LJ 2/15/91), includes botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, and ecologists, the most famous example being Rachel Carson. She describes the personal and professional life of each woman, emphasizing their unique discoveries and publications. As 12 of the women are not included in Patricia Siegel's bio-bibliography Women in the Scientific Search (Scarecrow, 1985), this book may fill a gap in the literature of women in science and will delight readers of women's biography or natural history. Recommended for most libraries.
- Beth Clewis, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond, Va.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
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These biographies of American women naturalists bring to light the large number of women who made important contributions to the natural history of North America, often receiving little credit for their work. As a woman who has long waited through the raising of a family for the opportunity to become a field biologist, I found the stories of these women's bold expeditions, often made alone, through tropics, across wild rivers, and over steep mountains, searching for undiscovered plants, insects, and birds inspiring. The women in these accounts practiced patient and exact science in their studies, and won credit for their work despite prevailing prejudices against women as scientists. What prejudices still exist today? What self-doubts still remain for women naturalists today? This book inspires me with confidence in my new direction. I would recommend it for all women naturalists amateur and professional, and especially for those in their teens who are considering a career in natural sciences.
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By sjgaze on December 7, 2014
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A real pleasure to read. It is well-written and thoughtful. It broadens understanding of the work and achievements of women in this field of science.
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