Barbara McClintock: Pioneering Geneticist (Unlocking the Secrets of Science)

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Written especially for young adult readers, this series helps place each significant invention, discovery, or development in historical perspective while exploring the life of the person responsible for each breakthrough. Readers will travel back in time to learn about each important scientific, medical, or technological discovery. No science fiction story even approximates the mystery and suspense contained in these true science biographies.

Pioneering American geneticist best known for her discovery of "jumping genes."

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Kathleen Tracy has been a journalist for over twenty years. Her writing has been featured in magazines including The Toronto Star's "Star Week," A&E Biography Magazine, KidScreen and TV Times. She is also the author of numerous biographies including "The Boy Who Would Be King" (Dutton), "Jerry Seinfeld - The Entire Domain" (Carol Publishing) and "Don Imus - America's Cowboy" (Carroll & Graf). She recently completed "God's Will?" for Sourcebooks.

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Grade 4-7-These texts provide concise, yet complete overviews of each scientist's life and work. The easy-to-read layout includes average-quality, captioned, black-and-white photographs. Bankston does a fine job of explaining the often-complicated scientific principles while telling of Goddard's lifetime efforts to build a rocket capable of leaving the earth's atmosphere. Goddard is depicted as a brilliant scientist who was torn between constantly seeking funding for his efforts and hating to have to share the results of his valuable research. Tracy's readable text recounts the life of the geneticist who spent much of her lifetime studying maize in obscurity before becoming one of the few women to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Both volumes contain enough anecdotal information to keep students reading. Those who require more information may want to refer to Edith Fine's Barbara McClintock: Nobel Prize Geneticist (Enslow, 1998).
Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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