Rocks, radio and radar :the extraordinary scientific, social and military life of Elizabeth Alexander /

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Mary Harris, Author
Production date
2019
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Accession number
PUB-2021-8
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"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 Building on an unpublished diary, recently declassified government records and archive material adding considerably to knowledge about radar developments in the Pacific in WWII, this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 educational and physical reconstruction after it as it moved towards independence. This unique story is a must-read for readers interest in scientific social and military history during the WWII, historians of geology, radar, as well as scientific biographies" – Back cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction: the origins of this book -- Family connexions -- From Patna to Cambridge -- Singapore: Geology and a globe -- New Zealand revelations, 1940 -- Singapore: War and the military -- Part 1 New Zealand: A new life -- Part 2 New Zealand: A life scientific -- Singapore: Disaster, death and survival -- Singapore: Revival and rebirth -- Nigeria's first university -- A disappearance from history."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 Building on an unpublished diary, recently declassified government records and archive material adding considerably to knowledge about radar developments in the Pacific in WWII, this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"--
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Physical description
xvii, 595 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN
9781786346643
1786346648
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<C> Mary Harris. 2019. Rocks, radio and radar :the extraordinary scientific, social and military life of Elizabeth Alexander /, PUB-2021-8. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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