June Almeida, Virus Detective!: The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus
by Karyn Parsons
Publication Date: Mar 15, 2021
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Sleeping Bear Press
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Parent Company: Sleeping Bear Press
From an early age in Glasgow, Scotland, June Almeida loved learning about science and nature. A good student, she was especially interested in biology and won the top science prize at her school. Creative and observant, June noticed details that others often missed. She dreamed of attending university but economic hardships caused her to leave school at age 16. Still, June was determined to pursue her passion for science. She was hired by a local hospital to work in its lab, using a microscope to magnify and examine cells. Her work helped doctors treat patients.
June later worked in labs in London and in Toronto. Her skill in using the electron microscope to examine cells and help identify viruses earned her promotion and respect in the science community. When June was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus. Her groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.
- Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Discoveries
- Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance