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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: April 2019

This update features the lives of twelve scientists and social scientists whose work significantly impacted American history. Highlights include sex researcher Virginia Johnson; child psychologist Eleanor Gibson; Leona Baumgartner, the first woman commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health; pioneering engineer Beatrice Hicks; and Cuban ethnographer Lydia Cabrera.

Virginia Johnson

Virginia Johnson (1925-2013) helped establish sex therapy as a profession. Her pathbreaking research, conducted in collaboration with William Masters, found a wide audience and contributed to the sexual revolution of the 1960s by its frank discussion of anatomy, sexual physiology, and sexual disfunctions.

 

 

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APRIL 25, 2019

What's new: April 2019

Discover the lives of twelve scientists and social scientists whose work significantly impacted American history.

APRIL 5, 2019

National Poetry Month

Explore the lives of great American poets in celebration of National Poetry Month. 

MARCH 28, 2019

What's new: March 2019

Explore new biographies of figures from popular culture.