Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

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Prometheus Books, Publishers, Jul 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 310 pages
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Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this book brings long-overdue attention to a brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program.

 
     This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal. 
     In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined. 
     World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan. When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program, North American Aviation, where Sherman Morgan then worked, was given the challenge. Recognizing her talent for chemistry, company management turned the assignment over to young Mary.
     In the end, America succeeded in launching rockets into space, but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA's manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity--until now.

 

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Review: Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

User Review  - Nancy Kennedy - Goodreads

When George Morgan's mother died, he wrote an obituary for the LA Times. But they refused to run it. Why? Because his claims that his mother played an important role in the field of rocket science ... Read full review

Review: Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

User Review  - Midge Bork - Goodreads

In his Author's Notes at the end George Morgan states that this is a work of creative non-fiction. The facts were too disjointed and needed embellishment and unsubstantiated dialogue to allow the ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

George D. Morgan (Santa Paula, CA) is the Playwright in Residence at the California Institute of Technology. He has written more than a dozen stage plays and musicals, including Second to Die, Nevada Belle, and Thunder in the Valley. He is the son of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's first female rocket scientist.

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