How One Woman Stood Out in a Man’s World

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New book chronicles the inspiring life of North Carolina’s Physics Queen

When author Omoviekovwa A. Nakireru made a shift in career from being a hospital counselor to being a teacher at Shaw University, he was introduced to a magnificent woman. In The Physics Queen, his new book released through Xlibris, he pays tribute to a unique woman who, despite all the odds that would discourage the fainthearted, pursued a dream to its ultimate goal.

The Physics Queen: Authorized Biography of Dr. Elvira Louvenia Williams is an excessively detailed account of one of America’s most distinguished women in the academe. Dr. Williams became the first African-American woman to hold a Ph.D. in Physics in North Carolina and one of the earliest in the United States of America. At times when women were sparsely represented in the sciences, and Physics in particular, Dr. Williams undertook the study of this most challenging discipline and, as the history of her research indicates, she excelled in all aspects of this discipline whether in relation to teaching or research. As a young girl, she was very curious about nature and how things operated. Nakireru chronicles in this account how this woman embarked on a remarkable journey that took her from the small countryside city of Pollocksville, North Carolina, to the heights of academics as Dean of the College of Art and Sciences at Shaw University.

Readers will be inspired with her drive to succeed in life, which is not based on economics but on her passionate desire to explore the sciences. A testimonial of realizing dreams and living passion, The Physics Queen: Authorized Biography of Dr. Elvira Louvenia Williams will make readers see that everything is possible for any man or woman who strives.

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About the Author
Dr. Omoviekovwa Alexander Nakireru was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1977, he received a BD degree from SS Peter and Paul Manor Seminary. In the United States, he received a BA in Philosophy and Religion and a year later, he earned an MA in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University. In 1985, he received an MS degree in Journalism, and a Ph.D. in Educational Telecommunication from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. In 1986, he taught at Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC. He is an author of two books and currently teaches at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina.

The Physics Queen * by Omoviekovwa A. Nakireru, Ph.D.
Authorized Biography of Dr. Elvira Louvenia Williams
Publication Date: April 19, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 491 pages; ISBN 978-1-4415-3857-4
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 491 pages; ISBN 978-1-4415-3858-1
e-Book; $9.99; ISBN 978-1-4500-8096-5

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