Gender and Library of Mineralogy

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Few would expect women to feature often in the literature on minerology from the 15th through the 19th centuries, the recorded history of science being what it is. Among the approximately 1500 scholars in a massive catalogue of authors of mineralogy texts from 1439 to 1919 complied by the independent scholar, Curtis P. Schuh, we count six women as primary entries and three others discussed secondarily. From the documents that Schuh left behind before his death, our database for this investigation, women wrote approximately 0.5% of the texts described. Only very unusual circumstances supported the life of a woman devoted to crystals in centuries past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number333
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Claudine Picardet
  • Crystallography
  • Curtis P. Schuh
  • Delvalle Varley
  • Ellen Swallow Richards
  • History
  • Hélène Metzger
  • Jane Welsh
  • Margaret Bentinck
  • Maria Merian
  • Martine de Bertereau
  • Mineralogy
  • Éléonore de Raab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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