Discovering Dorothea: The Life of the Pioneering Fossil-hunter Dorothea Bate

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HarperCollins, 2005 - Paleontologists - 390 pages
This biography presents the untold life of an intrepid woman and early scientific pioneer. Dorothea Bate, paleontologist, geologist, archaeologist and ornithologist, established archeo-zoology as a serious scientific subject. She lacked any real formal education bar a childhood love affair with natural history acquired from the Carmarthenshire countryside in which she grew up. At the age of 17 (in 1895) she talked her way into a job sorting bird-skins in the Bird Room at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington and thus became the first woman to be employed there.

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Karolyn Shindler read Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She worked in publishing and magazines before becoming a producer and editor at the BBC. There she worked on such programmes as Radio Four's The World Tonight and BBC2's Newsnight. She also worked as a political consultant to the BBC World Service. She lives in London with her partner, the broadcaster and journalist Henry Kelly, and their son, Alexander. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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