Rocket Girl by George D. Morgan
The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

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As is often the case with biographies, Morgan readily admits this is a work of “creative non-fiction.” Many of the details of his mother’s early life and specifics of conversations have had to be imagined but the events are true. The book will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in the space industry...
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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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About George D. Morgan

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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.


Author Residence: Santa Paula, CA
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Prometheus Books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 15 2013

...this portrait of a mother shrouded in mystery and largely forgotten by the field she pioneered is a compelling read, though folks looking for a more objective biography might be put off by Morgan’s dramatic flourishes and the lack of critical distance between author and subject.

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Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Nov 14 2013

As is often the case with biographies, Morgan readily admits this is a work of “creative non-fiction.” Many of the details of his mother’s early life and specifics of conversations have had to be imagined but the events are true. The book will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in the space industry...

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