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American Scientists, Second Edition
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  • Authored by: Charles W. Carey Jr., Revised by Lisa Yount
  • From the Series: American Biographies
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  • ISBN-10: 1438175078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-7507-2
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 09/01/2018
  • Dewey Number: 509
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Praise for the previous edition:

"Written in an easy-to-understand manner...recommended for high-school and public libraries as well as undergraduate collections in need of basic biographical information on American scientists."—Booklist

"The author does an exceptional job of explaining the scientific discoveries for the reader, as opposed to just listing them...Recommended."—Choice

"...will work for students looking for quick facts or as a starting point for research papers."—School Library Journal

"...easy to read...Public and school libraries having students who do research on American scientists will want to add American Scientists."—Christian Library Journal               

"Every school and community library should acquire and have available for their students and patrons a copy of [this book]..."—Midwest Book Review

Prior to 1901, when the first Nobel Prize was awarded, most of the cutting-edge scientific research and theory was being done in Europe, where many of the world-class chemists, physicists, and medical researchers resided. By 2017, Americans had won more than 260 Nobel Prizes in the sciences—more than any other single nation. During that time American scientists, regardless of their discipline, led the way in developing the theories and experiments that have propelled humankind’s knowledge of science forward.

American Scientists, Second Edition provides 350 entries on the scientists—with 60 new to this edition—who have greatly impacted society and the scientific community. Each authoritative entry covers the scientist’s background information, including details about the individual’s professional career and accomplishments within the scientific world. Further reading lists enhance each entry.

Entries include:

  • Paul Berg
  • Wernher von Braun
  • Annie Jump Cannon
  • Rachel Carson
  • Grace Hopper
  • Edwin Hubble
  • Tsung-Dao Lee
  • Linus Pauling
  • John Wesley Powell
  • and many others.



About the Author(s)

Charles W. Carey Jr., holds an M.A. in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and taught at Central Virginia Community College. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including a biography of George Washington Carver, and, for Facts On File, African-American Political Leaders and American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries. He is also the author of more than 150 biographical entries for American National Biography. Carey has written hundreds of biographical entries about famous Americans for reference works such as Facts On File's New Encyclopedia of American Scandal and Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century.

Lisa Yount is a graduate of Stanford University in English and creative writing. For approximately 45 years, she has written educational materials for young people. She has written or edited more than 50 books, nine of which have won awards or been included on "most recommended" lists. Ms. Yount's books for Facts On File and Chelsea House include Forensic Science, Modern Marine Science, Energy Supply, Patients' Rights in the Age of Managed Health Care, A to Z of Biologists, and many volumes in the Makers of Modern Science and Trailblazers in Science and Technology sets.

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