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Building on an unpublished diary, recently declassified government records and archive material adding considerably to knowledge about radar developments in the Pacific in WWII, this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.
Contents: ForewordAbout the AuthorList of PlatesList of MapsIntroduction: The Origins of this BookFamily ConnexionsFrom Patna to CambridgeSingapore: Geology and a GlobeNew Zealand Revelations 1940Singapore: War and the MilitaryNew Zealand: A New LifeNew Zealand: A Life ScientificSingapore: Disaster, Death and SurvivalSingapore: Revival and RebirthNigeria's First UniversityA Disappearance from History Index
Readership: General readers, historians, people interested in the history of geology and radar.Geology;Singapore;Radar;New Zealand;South Pacific;Ibadan;WWII;History;Biography00