Mary Treat Makes History

I was interested to read the book review "More Than Just Marie Curie" by Margaret Rossiter (The Scientist, February 9, 1987, p. 18). It is really good news that Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie's biographical dictionary of women scientists is now available. Until quite recently only a single book (Mozan's Woman in Science) was available in English addressing the early history and biography of women in science, and that was originally published in 1913. Fortunately, in just the past few years we have seen

Caroline Herzenberg
Apr 5, 1987
I was interested to read the book review "More Than Just Marie Curie" by Margaret Rossiter (The Scientist, February 9, 1987, p. 18). It is really good news that Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie's biographical dictionary of women scientists is now available. Until quite recently only a single book (Mozan's Woman in Science) was available in English addressing the early history and biography of women in science, and that was originally published in 1913.

Fortunately, in just the past few years we have seen the publication of a number of books dealing with the history and biography of women in science, including Rossiter's own excellent volume, Women Scientists in America.

But I also wish to comment on the statement in the review that Mary Treat, the early American botanist and entomologist, has never been included in any dictionary, despite her work with Charles Darwin. Mary Treat is included in my...

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