Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories


Kate Pankhurst introduces eight astounding female scientists in Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories. This chapter book shares the background, inspiration, efforts and achievements of pioneers through the years, and from around the globe.

Each faced adversity, whether it be the restrictions of the Cultural Revolution in the case of Tu YouYou, or poverty as with Marie Curie and Caroline Herschel. There were also issues of class and race, and all faced issues of a lack of respect because of their gender.

These scientists overcame mammoth obstacles to make discoveries that continue to make the lives we live today better, as in the case of medicine or  the natural world. They help us reach for the stars, as in the cases of Mae Jamison or Caroline Herschel, or vulcanologist Katia Krafft.

Bookwagon is awed and inspired and informed by Great Women Scientists and their Stories. We suggest your readers and their families will feel the same way.

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. Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories

Kate Pankhurst


Kate Pankhurst develops her superb picture book series of Fantastically Great Women to chapter book form. This features more in-depth research of eight ground-breaking, sky- soaring, female scientists. Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories examines women such as Caroline Herschel. Despite appalling neglect, disability, poverty and lack of opportunity, Caroline worked doggedly. Eventually, she discovered nebulae and comets within the night sky.
Thereafter, Tu Youyou’s work in the field of malaria research remained unrecognised and undocumented for reasons of politics and her gender. Meanwhile, gender and class were issues for Janaki Ammal. Janaki’s research into chromosomes changed the fortunes and future for sugar cane producers in India. Thereafter, she inspired her home country to classify, collect and protect native plants. Her work informed the Royal Horticultural Society and other botanists and naturalists around the world. Thereafter, Rosalind Franklin’s work on DNA was ground-breaking; it offered ‘the secret of life’. 

Like Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie and Her Daughters, Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories inspires and informs. Furthermore it a really engaging read. Bookwagon trusts that Kate Pankhurst will continue to profile a further range of trailblazers for younger readers.


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