From an early age in Glasgow, Scotland, June Almeida loved learning about science and nature. An excellent 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. Undeterred, June was determined to pursue her passion for science and sought out opportunities to further her knowledge.
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 and she went on to work in labs in London and Toronto. Her skill in using the electron microscope to examine cells and help identify viruses earned her promotion and respect in the science community — and when June was 34 years old, she discovered the first human coronavirus! This fascinating picture book, which includes a timeline and photos of June and her historic virus photographs in the back matter, celebrates a pioneering virologist whose groundbreaking work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.