Harris, Mary, 1939-

Rocks, radio, and radar : the extraordinary scientific, social and military life of Elizabeth Alexander / Mary Harris - New Jersey ; London : World Scientific, c2019. - xvii, 595 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 centimetres. - History of modern physical sciences ; volume 4 . - History of modern physical sciences ; volume 4 .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: A wide web of research -- Family connexions -- From Patna to Cambridge -- Singapore: Geology and a globe -- New Zealand revelations, 1940 -- Singapore: War and the military -- Part 1 New Zealand: A new life -- Part 2 New Zealand: A life scientific -- Singapore: Disaster, death and survival -- Singapore: Revival and rebirth -- Nigeria's first university -- A disappearance from history.

"Many women scientists, particularly those who did crucial work in two world wars, have disappeared from history. Until they are written back in, the history of science will continue to remain unbalanced. This book tells the story of Elizabeth Alexander, a pioneering scientist who changed thinking in geology and radio astronomy during WWII and its aftermath. Building on an unpublished diary, recently declassified government records and archive material adding considerably to knowledge about radar developments in the Pacific in WWII, this book also contextualises Elizabeth's academic life in Singapore before the war, and the country's educational and physical reconstruction after it as it moved towards independence. This unique story is a must-read for readers interested in scientific, social and military history during the WWII, historians of geology, radar, as well as scientific biographies"--

9781786346643 (hc : alk. paper)

2018061455


Alexander, Elizabeth, 1908-1958


Women scientists--Great Britain--Biography
Scientists--Great Britain--Biography
Geologists--Great Britain--Biography
Astronomers--Great Britain--Biography
Physicists--Great Britain--Biography
Geology--History--Singapore--20th century
Radio astronomy--History--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Radar

Q143.A44 / H37 2019