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Rocket Girl

The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
Morgan, George D. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this book brings long-overdue attention to a brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program. This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal. In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined. World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan. When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program, North American Aviation, where Sherman Morgan then worked, was given the challenge. Recognizing her talent for chemistry, company management turned the assignment over to young Mary. In the end, America succeeded in launching rockets into space, but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA's manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity--until now."-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Morgan, George D.
Title: Rocket girl
the story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's first female rocket scientist
Publisher: Amherst, New York :, Prometheus Books,, 2013
Characteristics: 325, 8 unnmbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: George D. Morgan
Summary: "Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this book brings long-overdue attention to a brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program. This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal. In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined. World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan. When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program, North American Aviation, where Sherman Morgan then worked, was given the challenge. Recognizing her talent for chemistry, company management turned the assignment over to young Mary. In the end, America succeeded in launching rockets into space, but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA's manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity--until now."-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1616147393
9781616147396
Branch Call Number: B-Mo8232 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Rocketry United States History 20th century Women scientists United States Biography Rocketry United States Biography Morgan, Mary Sherman, 1921-2004
Topical Term: Rocketry
Women scientists
Rocketry
LCCN: 2013010090
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Presents the life of America's first female rocket scientist, describing how her talent for chemistry and her work with German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun proved essential in the success of America's early space program.


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Apr 23, 2014
  • ryrudy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In an environment often hostile to women at the time, Mary Sherman Morgan's exceptional abilities as a theoretical performance analyst lead to the invention of hydyne, a rocket fuel cocktail, that enables the United States to remain competitive in the race for space. This story is lovingly reconstructed by her son through interviews with her colleagues and family. Creative licence is used in the dialogue as admitted by the author.

Sep 05, 2013
  • susankent rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mary Sherman Morgan's biography adds a fascinating new dimension to the history of the US space program, and to the history of women in science from the 1940s on. Told by her son (whose writing style may not be exactly to your taste), it is also a very personal story and so will appeal to those who enjoy a good memoir.

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