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

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Prometheus Books, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 325 pages
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AN UNSUNG HEROINE OF THE SPACE AGE--HER STORY FINALLY TOLD.

     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  - Zach Reed - Goodreads

If you read this expecting a biography, I'm sorry to say you'll be disappointed. However, the author's claim on the cover is correct - the is the story of the world's first female rocket scientist ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

Firstly, please accept my apology for the lack of HTML, but it is late and I'm doing this on my iphone. I heard of this biography of a woman lost to history who was the critical developer of the fuel ... 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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