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Rocks, radio, and radar : the extraordinary scientific, social and military life of Elizabeth Alexander / Mary Harris

By: Harris, Mary, 1939- [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: History of modern physical sciences: volume 4Publisher: New Jersey ; London : World Scientific, c2019Description: xvii, 595 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 centimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781786346643 (hc : alk. paper).Subject(s): 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 -- Singapore -- History -- 20th century | Radio astronomy -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Radar
Contents:
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.
Summary: "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 Building on an unpublished diary, recently declassified government records and archive material adding considerably to knowledge about radar developments in the Pacific in WWII, this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"-- Provided by publisher.
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