Irena Scott

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Irena (McCammon) Scott is an American author and physiologist. She received a BS from Ohio State University, an MS from the University of Nevada, and a PhD from the University of Missouri in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Her post-doctoral studies were done at Cornell University.

She has been employed as an Assistant Professor (Department of Biology) at St. Bonaventure University, and has done research and teaching at the Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nevada, and at Battelle Memorial Institute. She was a correspondent for Popular Mechanics magazine, with articles appearing in the "Technology Update" and "Science" sections. Scott has also worked as a volunteer astronomer at the Ohio State University Radio Telescope in Delaware, Ohio. She is the author of six books and has contributed chapters and articles to numerous scientific journals, magazines, and newspapers. Her listings include Who's Who in the World, World Who's Who of Women, Who's Who in the Midwest, Dictionary of International Biography, and Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology,

Her latest book, Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue, is a biography of John Purdue, founder of Purdue University and of the Purdue Block in Lafayette, Indiana.[1][2][3] “Uncle” is foreworded by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, William Allen, who is the author of Starkweather: Inside the Mind of a Teenage Killer, Aransas: The Life of a Texas Coastal County, and other books. “Uncle” is the first of the Founders Series, published by the Purdue University Press.[4]


  • Scott, Irena McCammon, Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue, Purdue University Press, 2008
  • Smith, Kevin, “Niece tells John Purdue's story,” Lafayette Journal and Courier, April 6, 2008


  1. ^ "Book News, Inc. review of Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue". Book News Inc. November 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ Jim Bush (March 28, 2008). ""New book 'Uncle' a journey into Purdue founder's life," Purdue University press release". Purdue University News. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  3. ^ Victoria Rumble (April 2, 2008). "John Purdue's early life found in recently published book". Purdue University Exponent. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Purdue University Press, The Founders Series". Purdue University Press. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-20.