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Biographies

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1 = suitable for general public

2 = suitable for high school students

3 = useful for faculty

4 = useful for advanced faculty


Clark, Ronald. JBS: The Life and Work of JBS Haldane. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1984. The biography of a mathematician whose work has been central to the understanding of modern evolutionary theory. (1-3)

Desmond, Adrian and Moore, James. Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. New York, NY: Warner, 1991. This factual biography of Darwin's life reads like a novel. (1-4)

Keller, Evelyn F. A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1983. Highly readable and enjoyable biography of Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock, whose work in genetics was not appreciated -- or even understood -- for thirty years. (1-3)

McGrayne, Sharon B. Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries. New York, NY: Birch Lane Press, 1993. This book examines the lives and achievements of fourteen women scientists who either won a Nobel Prize or played a role in a Nobel Prize-winning project. (1-4)

Sayre, Anne. Rosalind Franklin and DNA. New York, NY: The Norton Library, 1978. Sayre challenges the characterization of Rosalind Franklin given by James Watson in his popular account. Franklin is described as an exceptionally competent scientist and a sympathetic person. (1)

Watson, James D. The Double Helix. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1969. A popular and highly personal account of the science and personalities involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA. (1-3)

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