American Men and Women of Science

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American Men and Women of Science is a biographical reference on leading scientists in the United States and Canada published as a series of books and online by Gale, a unit of Cengage Learning.[1]

The book was first compiled as American Men of Science by J. McKeen Cattell in 1906 and, as of 2014, the book has published 32 editions in its 108 year history.[2] In 1971, its name was changed from American Men of Science to American Men and Women of Science.[3]

A reviewer for Booklist described American Men and Women of Science as the "Cadillac of scientific biography".[4] In 2010, WorldTrade Review Essays of Academic, Professional & Technical Books in the Humanities & Sciences wrote that American Men and Women of Science "... remains without peer as a chronicle of scientific endeavor and achievement in the United States and Canada." [2]

[AMWS] profiles living persons in the physical and biological fields, as well as public health scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists. According to the publisher, those included met the following criteria: (1) Distinguished achievement, by reason of experience, training or accomplishment, including contributions to literature, coupled with continuing activity in scientific work; or (2) Research activity of high quality in science as evidenced by publication in reputable scientific journals; or, (3) for those whose work cannot be published due to governmental or industrial security, research activity of high quality in science as evidenced by the judgment of the individual's peers; or (4) Attainment of a position of substantial responsibility requiring scientific training and experience.

Scientists who are not citizens of the United States or Canada are included if a significant portion of their work was performed in North America.[2]

The most recent editor was Andrea Kovacs Henderson.[2] The 32nd edition was published in 2014.


  1. ^ "American Men & Women of Science - Gale - Cengage Learning". 
  2. ^ a b c d "WorldTrade Review Essays (Book review)". WorldTrade. January 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Directory of Scientists Will Now List Women". The New York Times. November 23, 1971. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Encyclopedia of World Scientists. Rev. ed.(Book review)". Booklist. December 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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