On Her Own Terms: Annie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West


"Make no mistake--this is not a book about a single subject. It is rather about a life of enormous breadth and substance, one engaging science, conservation, philanthropy, education, and women's rights. Annie Montague Alexander was extraordinary, and Barbara Stein has done her subject proud."--Alfred Runte, author of "Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness

"Based on Annie Montague Alexander's correspondence and diaries, Barbara Stein has created a vivid and at times intimate portrait of a woman scientist at the turn of the twentieth century. This is an epic story that resonates with our contemporary desire to illuminate women's lives, and with our efforts to understand and preserve the natural world of California and the West."--Ruth Sime, author of "Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics

"A thorough and insightful account of a remarkable individual who, as an important patron and an amateur contributor, influenced the course of early twentieth-century science. Alexander's life is also important simply as a human story of how an itelligent, active, and strong-minded woman coped with the problems of identity and work in the post-Victorian era. It's a great story of a complex and admirable woman, and a significant contribution to California history and the history of field science."--Robert E. Kohler, University of Pennsylvania

"A clear account of one of the most important contributions to the study of natural history on the west coast."--David Rains Wallace, author of "The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Feud of the Gilded Age

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2001


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