About this series
Each book is written by an award-winning children’s author and follows the real-life stories of some of Australia’s top scientists and inventors, chosen on the basis of their pioneering work. Themes explored include childhood, school, family, and formative experiences, what inspired them to pursue their chosen path, how they persevered in the face of challenges, and what they have contributed to science all over the world.
About John Long: fossil hunter
John Long is an Australian palaeontologist who got hooked on collecting fossils at the age of 7. He has been on many expeditions to collect fossils throughout Australia, Antarctica and other parts of the world, making ground-breaking discoveries along the way. John’s research has contributed to understanding how reproduction evolved in our distant ancestors, how air- breathing and limbs first evolved, how major global mass extinctions were caused, and he named Australia’s oldest meat-eating dinosaur.
John is currently Strategic Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He was previously the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in the USA. He is an award-winning author of over 20 popular science books. Throughout his life he has had many interests. John is a black belt who taught karate for 14 years, and he rides motorcycles.
More to love about STEM Stars
• Teacher’s notes available. A perfect series for school libraries or home bookshelves.
• A fresh and unique series that focuses on our Australian STEM heroes. Science is more important that ever as we look to our inventors and innovators to solve the contemporary problems facing humanity and the planet.
• Alan Finkel has been a prominent contributer to recent discussions around education and science in Australia, including: pathways to higher education; COVID-19 and contact tracing; Australia’s energy roadmap; climate change.
• Narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children, proving that it can be as fun and interesting as fiction