Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Rocket Girl

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Rocket Girl

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Rocket Girl By George D. Morgan. $18.325 pp. Prometheus Books. Amherst, NY. 2013. ISBN: 9781616147396.

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George Morgan's book, Rocket Girl, is a fascinating account of an overlooked individual in the history of the United States' exploration of space, told by her son. Mary Sherman Morgan is the scientist who developed the rocket fuel that successfully allowed the United States to enter the "space race." Science teachers wanting students to examine the often-undervalued role of women in science would find this book a wonderful resource. Morgan's biography is a compelling story of the scientist's personal life combined with the development of America's space program.

The book comprehensively details Mary Morgan's upbringing and her struggle to enter a field dominated by men. Vivid narrative brings her story to life. The author's research included interviews with people who worked with Mary Morgan at North American Aviation as well as others involved in the nascent U.S. space program. …

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