In 1991, 4.5 percent of all bachelor's degrees in science and engineering were earned by Hispanics. In 2003, that percentage increased to 7.2, a percentage that exceeds the growth in the Latino population itself. As this population continues to grow in the United States, the influence and contributions of Latinos in science, mathematics, and other professions increases as well, despite such barriers as prejudice while pursuing education and career goals. "Latinos in Science, Math, and Professions" covers 177 Hispanic-American physical and social scientists, mathematicians, and inventors. From the early disease research of Carlos Juan Finlay to the current economic theories of Barbara J. Robles, Latinos have made many significant scientific and mathematical contributions to the world. This illuminating volume includes profiles of Latino economists, chemists, pharmacologists, doctors, biologists, astronauts, sociologists, engineers, and individuals in numerous other fields, whether they were born in the United States or emigrated from such countries as Argentina, Costa Rica, or Mexico.
A bibliography directs the reader to sources for further information about Latino Americans in general, as well as those in the fields of science, math, and other professions. One subject index divides entries by area of expertise such as biotechnology and statistics, and additional indexes organize subjects by their year of birth and by their ethnicity or country of origin. This volume is enhanced throughout with many black-and-white photographs of the individuals profiled.