Louise B. Young

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General Information

Name: Louise B. Young

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1919 in Springfield, Ohio

Died: May 8, 2010 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Louise lived in Winnetka, Illinois for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

A noted author on science and the environment, she wrote on a wide range of topics, including atmospheric science, ecology, physics, and astronomy. She was born in 1919 on a remote farm in southern Ohio. In 1936 she won a scholarship to Vassar College, where she majored in physics –the only woman in her class to do so. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa she worked for a time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where she specialized in the work of Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams. At the start of World War II she was invited to join the Radiation Laboratory at MIT, where she was part of an elite team of scientists developing the new science of radar. In 1944 she married Hobart P. Young and moved to Winnetka Illinois, where she lived for many years. Beginning in the 1960’s she wrote a series of books that explained the basics of physics, astronomy, geology, and environmental science for lay audiences. In 1973 she published Power Over People, one of the first books to point out the potential health risks posed by high-voltage power lines due to the electromagnetic fields that they create. Other books include The Unfinished Universe, Sowing the Wind, Earth’s Aura, Exploring the Universe, and The Blue Planet. Her most recent book, Islands: Portraits of Miniature Worlds, argued that the history of island ecologies can help us understand how better to manage the global environment. She remained active into old age, publishing her last book at the age of eighty. She also fulfilled a lifelong dream when, at the age of sixty, she earned a Master’s of Science degree in Geology at the University of Chicago

Published Works

  • Best Foot Forward (Juvenile), Van Nostrand, 1968
  • Power Over People, Oxford University Press, 1973
  • Earth`s Aura, Knopf, 1977
  • The Blue Planet, Little, Brown, 1983
  • Sowing the Wind, Reflections of the Earth`s Atmosphere, Prentice Hall, 1990
  • The Unfinished Universe, Simon & Schuster, 1986
  • Islands, Portraits of Miniature Worlds, W. H. Freeman, 1999

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Best Foot Forward,

Release Date: 1968

Power Over People

ISBN: 0195075781
Release Date: 1992-09-03

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Sowing the Wind: Reflections on the Earth's Atmosphere

ISBN: 0130835021
Release Date: 1991-04

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The Unfinished Universe

ISBN: 0195080394
Release Date: 1993-01-28

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Islands: Portraits of Miniature Worlds

ISBN: 0716739666
Release Date: 2000-04

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Literary Awards

  • Sandburg Literacy Award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Louise B. Young on WorldCat

Louise B. Young on Amazon


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