Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

By Author / Illustrator

Kate Pankhurst


Biographies & Autobiographies

Age range(s)



Bloomsbury Publishing PLC




Paperback / softback




Prepare to be inspired with this fantastically great new series for young readers from bestselling author Kate Pankhurst, descendent of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. In this first book, read the true stories of amazing scientists and discover things that are out of this world!

Women have been responsible for many of the world's most groundbreaking scientific discoveries. These are the stories of incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science, and transformed people's ideas of what women can do.
· Reach for the stars with the first African-American woman to go into space Mae Jemison
· Explore volcanoes with the fearless Katia Krafft
· Invent a treatment for malaria with the determined Tu YouYou
· Make scientific discoveries that will change the world with Marie Curie

Including comic strips, family trees, maps and more, Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories is a celebration of women who made some of the world's most important scientific breakthroughs. A fantastic gift for girls and boys alike!  List of women featured: Mae Jemison, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, Janaki Ammal, Caroline Herschel, Katia Krafft, Tu Youyou and Rosalind Franklin.



Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories is a brilliantly presented and engaging read with a very accessible format that champions and celebrates some amazing women scientists of the past.

The text and illustrations are absolutely full of humour and warmth as well as being packed with information about the professional and personal lives of the women. The layout of short paragraphs and bold print breaks down the text into chunks that make it easy for the reader to absorb the 'science' . The illustrations, too, are fantastic in explaining the discoveries and work of these talented, clever women. The diagram-style drawings, such as Janaki Explains Chromosomes p70, brilliantly explained DNA to me!

Author Kate Pankhurst writes with obvious admiration and respect for her chosen subjects and conveys a sense of indignation that, as women, these scientists had to battle for their knowledge and opinions to be heard. The choice of scientists in the book was diverse. It introduced new, fascinating figures to me, such as Katia Krafft, the volcanologist. It also brought new details to light about more famous women, like Marie Curie. Did you know she used to actually carry radium around in her pocket and use it as a nightlight?

I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring and creatively collated book. A real 'must' for our school library.

192 pages / Reviewed by Jenny Caddick, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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