Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. (born December 13, 1980) is an American author of non-fiction. Her works include Cured, Rise of the Rocket Girls and The Queens of Animation.
|Born||December 13, 1980|
|Alma mater||Harvard University, |
University of Southern California,
|Notable works||RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS|
Her research as a science writer has included work at the JPL archives, the Caltech Library, and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard. Her work appears in The Atlantic, The New York Times, PBS, Popular Science, and NPR.
Her book Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV (2015) discusses the scientific complexities of two patients who have been exceptions to the usual procession of AIDS. Each has experienced a "functional cure", raising hopes that researchers may someday find a "safe and reliable way" to protect patients against HIV. Two types of genetic mutation - the “exposed uninfected” and the “elite controllers,” - appear to be able to resist the disease. Holt describes the science involved, to the extent that it is currently understood.
Holt's book Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars (2016) chronicles the lives of women computers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. It also puts them into the context of milestones in both scientific and more general history. Supervisors Macie Roberts and later Helen Ling employed women as computers at a time when few scientific careers were open to women.
Holt lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV. Penguin Publishing Group. 24 February 2015. ISBN 978-0-14-218184-3. OCLC 937872774
- Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. Little, Brown. 5 April 2016. ISBN 978-0-316-33891-2. OCLC 969388193
- The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History. Little, Brown. 2019. ISBN 0316439150.
- "Rise of the Rocket Girls (Holt)". LitLovers. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Dankowski, Terra (March 1, 2016). "Newsmaker: Nathalia Holt". American Libraries. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- "Nathalia Holt". The Atlantic. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- "The Women who Run the Star Wars Universe".
- "The Women who Brought us the Moon".
- "How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly on Your Genes".
- "The Man who Froze Snowflakes in Time".
- Johnson, George (May 9, 2014). "Patients and Fortitude 'Cured,' by Nathalia Holt". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- "Meet The Rocket Girls".
- Mohaupt, Hillary (2017). "Ladies Who Launch". Distillations. 3 (2): 42–43.
- Johnson, George (May 9, 2014). "Patients and Fortitude 'Cured,' by Nathalia Holt". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- "Editors' Spring Picks 2016". Library Journal. February 16, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- Dankowski, Terra (March 1, 2016). "Newsmaker: Nathalia Holt Author tells stories of NASA's earliest women scientists and mathematicians". American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- "Review: The Queens of Animation". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
- "Theme: "Truth Be Told"". TEDx. October 18, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- "Nathalia Holt: Cured - How The Berlin Patients Defeated HIV And Forever Changed Medical Science". WGBH Forum. March 13, 2014. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- "The Women Who Charted The Course To Space". NPR. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.