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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, here are a few Library resources on the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx scientists and engineers to the STEM field.  Please note that this is just a sampling of the scientists and engineers who contributed to the STEM fields, but there are more to discover at your local library!

Here are just a few general books on Hispanic and Latinx contributors to many different fields!

Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo (1956-)

Sylvia Acevedo is one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master's in engineering from Standford University.  She went on to be a rocket scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and later served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Helia Bravo Hollis

Helia Bravo Hollis (1901-2001)

Helia Bravo Hollis was the first certified biologist of Mexico, who created the herbarium at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and dedicated her life's work to the study of the cacti in Mexico and part of North America.

Susana López Charretón

Susana López Charretón (1957-)

Susana López Charretón is a virologist and principle investigator at the Institute of Biotechnology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  Throughout her career, López has made amazing advancements in our understanding of rotavirus.

Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez (1911-1988)

Luis Alvarez was a U.S. physicist who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physics for developing the liquid-hydrogen bubble chamber and detecting new resonant states in particle physics. He research also included developing radar systems and working on the Manhattan Project during World War II. 

Alfonso Caso y Andrade

Alfonso Caso y Andrade (1896-1970)

Alfonso Caso y Andrade was a Mexican archaeologist and anthropologist, who explored the early Oaxacan cultures and is known for his excavation of Tomb Seven at Monte Alban, the earliest known North American necropolis. 

Diana Trujillo

Diana Trujillo (1980-)

Diana Trujillo is an aerospace engineer and Technical Group Supervisor for Sequence Planning and Execution and a Tactical Mission Lead for the Mars Perseverance rover at NASA.  She co-created and hosted #JuntosPerseveramos, NASA’s first-ever Spanish-language live broadcast of a planetary landing, for Perseverance’s arrival on Mars, which attracted millions of viewers worldwide.

Baruj Benacerraf

Baruj Benacerraf (1920-2011)

Baruj Benacerraf was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1980, together with Jean Dausset and George D Snell, for their discovery of immune response genes and the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), the gene complex involved in the immune response.

Franklin Chang-Díaz

Franklin Chang-Díaz (1950-)

Franklin Chang-Díaz holds a doctorate degree in applied plasma physics from MIT and was the first Hispanic astronaut.  He has made seven spaceflights and was the director of NASA's Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 1993 until 2005.

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa (1958-)

Ellen Ochoa was the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center, the first Hispanic director and second female director.  She is the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the space shuttle Discovery in 1993.

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