Nobel Prize Winners (Women in Profile Series)

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9780778700296: Nobel Prize Winners (Women in Profile Series)

Chronicles the lives and achievements of women who have received Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields, including Aung San Suu Kyi, Barbara McClintock, and Nadine Gordimer

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Taken from "Marie Curie, Polish Physicist" In 1895, Marie married a French scientist called Pierre Curie. Two years later, after their daughter Irene was born, Marie began to work for her doctoral degree. As her research project, she chose to study uranium atoms. She wanted to find out why uranium rocks gave off mysterious waves or rays. She called these waves "radiation. "Within two months, Marie discovered two important things. First, she found that the strength of radiation depends on the amount of uranium in a piece of rock. Second, whatever she did to the uranium, the strength of the rays stayed the same. For example, whether she heated the uranium or mixed it with other substances, the amount of radiation did not change.

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Grade 3-6-These attractive titles each feature six women who have had an impact in their fields. Many names will be familiar but each book also includes some women who are less well known. The biographies, generally three to five pages in length, are divided into sections that discuss each woman's "Early Years," "Developing Skills," and "Accomplishments." Sidebars, "Key Events," "Quick Notes," and boxed quotes provide additional facts and background. Each book concludes with brief notes about the contributions of 13 to 15 other women. An abundance of appealing black-and-white and full-color photographs and occasional maps and drawings illustrate the text. Although these books do not include the detailed information found in the "American Profiles" series (Facts On File), they will be useful for short reports or to supplement other resources.
Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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