Remarkable Minds


Inspirational stories that young women (grade 8 and up) need for exploring a future in science. For centuries, women have risen above their traditional roles to pursue a new understanding of the natural world. This book introduces the lives, dreams, and achievements of 17 women over four centuries, chronicling their contributions to mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and medicine. Some of the notable women portrayed in the book include French mathematician Marie-Sophie Germain, known for her work in Elasticity theory, differential geometry, and number theory; Scottish chemist Elizabeth Fulhame, best known for her 1794 work An Essay on Combustion; and Rita Levi-Montalcini, who, with colleague Stanley Cohen, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor.

A companion volume to Magnificent Minds by the same author, this book offers inspiration to all girls and young women considering a life in the sciences.

Author: Pendred Noyce
Age Range : 12+
Grades: 7+

Book Details:

  • ISBN: Hardcover: 9780990782902/Paperback: 9781943431137
  • Genre: Young Adult: Nonfiction/Biography
  • Page Count: 192
  • Age Range: 12+
  • Grades: 7+
  • Lexile Level: 1200
  • Pub Date: 01/09/2015
  • Series Title: Magnificent Minds


Penny Noyce is a doctor, educator, writer and publisher. She studied biochemistry at Harvard and medicine at Stanford, then completed a residency in internal medicine in Minnesota. She moved to the Boston area, where she practiced at a community health center for several years. From 1993-2002, Penny helped lead a statewide math and science improvement effort called PALMS in the state of Massachusetts. She gradually withdrew from medical practice to focus on her education work and on raising her five children.


From 1991-2015, Penny helped lead the Noyce Foundation, established in honor of her father, Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel. The foundation focused on improving science education nationwide, especially by supporting afterschool science. In 2016, this work led to the establishment of STEM Next, a nonprofit that supports out-of-school science clubs and programs across the country. One initiative of STEM Next is the Million Girls Moonshot, seeking to help a million girls build, event, and gain an engineering mindset.


Penny has served on the boards of numerous non-profits, includingthe Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, TERC, the Libra Foundation of Maine, the Concord Consortium, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications and the AAAS public Outreach Committee. For five years, she served on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.


As her older children set off for college, Penny began writing for middle-grade children. She has written seven books in the Galactic Academy of Science series along with four other novelfor ages 9-13. Besides novels, she has written one picture book about science explanations(The Book of Wrong Answers) and nonfiction books on bridges, inventors, and historical women of science.She is working on her first graphic novel and is helping to lead an NSF-funded project that teaches kids in afterschool settings about epidemiology and data, using her novel The Case of the COVID Crisis.

“Each entry provides an overview of the scientist’s personal and professional lives and describes each woman’s obstacles and accomplishments in relation to her time period. In the introduction, the author explains the inclusion of only one scientist of color due to lack of opportunities earlier in history. Time lines, archival photographs and reproductions, sidebars, and highlighted quotations add useful visuals to the scholarly text.”
— Booklist

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Remarkable Minds: 16 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine” is specifically designed for young readers ages 12 and older, and for use with students in grades 7 to 12. “Remarkable Minds” is very highly recommended, especially for school and community library biography and science history collections.”
– Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch, “Reviewer’s Choice”

“Remarkable Minds was featured as one of Foreword’s Top 9 Gift Ideas, for the month of November, 2015…  There will come a day when gender and race and sexual orientation matter not one whit and equal opportunity exists for all. Alas, too many talented young girls still shy away from advanced math and science programs because subtle external forces work against them. Remarkable Mindsshouts “you can do it” seventeen times over in its vivid portrayals of brilliant women from the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, electrical engineering, astronomy, and more.”
– Foreword Reviews, Indiefab Book of the Year Award, announced June, 2016


– Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teacher’s Association & Children’s Book Council
– 2016 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year

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