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African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention, Revised Edition
  • Format
  • Authored by: Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser; Revised by Steven Otfinoski
  • From the Series: A to Z of African Americans
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816083312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8331-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 509.2
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 270


Praise for the previous edition:
"The scope is impressive...The information is well-written and accurate...[a] valuable reference...Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"This book belongs in every high school library."—American Reference Books Annual

"...useful...a good addition to any school or public library that does not already have a concise overview of African American scientists in its collection."—Booklist

In research labs, university classrooms, NASA training facilities, and the administrative boardrooms of major institutions, African Americans have been important innovators, from early times to the present day.

African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention, Revised Edition explores the many astronauts, physicists, chemists, biologists, agriculture specialists, and others who have dedicated their lives to improving humankind's knowledge and understanding of the universe. Each entry provides a biographical profile, surveying significant events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in these fields, followed by an up-to-date further reading list on that individual. A general introduction presents an overview of African-American contributions, subject indexes list individuals by year of birth and by fields of activity, and a general bibliography lists resources relevant to the topic.

New and revised profiles include:

  • Patricia Era Bath
  • James Forten
  • Bernard A. Harris
  • Joan Higginbottom
  • William B. Purvis
  • John Brooks Slaughter
  • Valerie Thomas
  • Madame C.J. Walker.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Subject indexes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Further reading lists.

About the Author(s)

Diane K. Moser holds an M.A. in the history of French literature from the University of Missouri at Columbia and successfully completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in French literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She has received a Fulbright fellowship to France.

Ray Spangenburg has a background in journalism, and his experience includes working both as a journalist and as an editor. As a journalist, he covered NASA science activities for Space World Magazine for several years, eventually becoming science editor. He also served as editor of Western States Aviation News. His publications in magazines range from The Scientist and Science Digest to The Skeptical Inquirer and the Chicago Sun Times.

Steven Otfinoski holds a B.A. in literature from Antioch College in Ohio. He has a special interest in the accomplishments of African Americans and has authored biographies of Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, and Scott Joplin. For Facts On File, he has written Latinos in the Arts in the A to Z of Latino Americans set.

Reviews and Awards


"This book belongs in every high school library...interesting..."

American Reference Books Annual

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