Discovering Dorothea

Discovering Dorothea is the story of a ground-breaking explorer who blazed a trail for women in science.


In 1898, a 19-year-old girl marched into the Natural History Museum in South Kensington and demanded a job. At the time no women worked there as scientists, but for the determined Dorothea Bate this was the first step in an extraordinary career as a pioneering explorer and fossil-hunter.


Karolyn Shindler’s biography captures the unique and indomitable spirit of a woman who, against societal pressure and in the face of physical hardship, devoted her life to discovery and enriched our knowledge of the natural world.



  • by Karolyn Shindler
  • full title: Discovering Dorothea: The Pioneering Fossil-Hunter Dorothea Bate
  • paperback
  • 160pages
  • 23 x 17cm 
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