August 16, 2003 by

Herman Schneider


Categories: Education, Scientists, Writers/Editors

Herman Schneider liked to make science fun for kids to learn.
Schneider was a Polish immigrant who moved to New York City when he was a child. He started writing books in the 1940s, and eventually published 80 titles. His first was “The Harper Dictionary of Science in Everyday Language,” a collaboration with his brother Leo. He also wrote numerous science books with his wife Nina, including “Science Fun With Milk Cartons” and “How Scientists Find Out: About Matter, Time, Space and Energy.”
As a solo author, Schneider wrote explanatory texts like “Everyday Machines and How They Work” and “Everyday Weather and How It Works.” His 1978 book, “Laser Light,” was named the best science book for teenagers by the New York Academy of Sciences.
When he wasn’t writing, Schneider taught science classes in the New York City school system. He also consulted on 52 filmstrips with University Films, Inc.
Schneider died on July 31. Cause of death was not released. He was 98.

7 Responses to Herman Schneider

  1. robert ryan

    Everyday Weather and How it Works was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. . .growing up to become a meteorologist. I’m using the book title in an article I’m writing about “How I Became a Meteorologist”
    Bob Ryan

  2. scott herrbold

    Let’s Look Under the City was my favorite book in 3th grade. It must have made a huge impact on me, especially Mr. Ballantine’s artwork. Here I am, 45 years later, a professional civil engineer/plumbing engineer who designs systems in buildings and under the city!
    Thank you and the L-rd bless you Herman and Nina Schneider.

  3. Sylvia Baxter

    I am just now discovering the delightful work of Herman and Nina Schneider. I am an elementary public school teacher working in an online environment, and would love to reproduce some of the work if the family would allow it. Would someone contact me? Thanks in advance.

  4. Mimi (Siegmeister) Koren

    Thought you’d like to know that Herman and Nina Schneider were good friends of my parents (who lived in Great Neck, NY), Elie and Hannah Siegmeister. My father was a composer and wrote a piano piece: “Three Preludes: The Schneider Tryptych and Double Family Portrait: for Nina & Herman a birthday gift 1/7/58.”
    The friendship broke up years later. At a concert of my father’s music, Nina told me: “I don’t really like music.” Something must have come between the two couples – I couldn’t believe that someone would not like music!!

  5. Dennis Deem

    Over the years I have been intertwined with the Schneider’s. Starting when I was a child checking out my first science book “Push Pull and LIft” from a library in Boise Idaho and ending with my daughter telling me that her Grand mamma Nina passed on Saturday the 8th of September 2007, she had just got off the phone with her mom. I felt that a great part of my life left with Herman and Nina’s passing.
    Just a passing note to Mimi Koren, do not be taken to hard by Nina’s dislike of music, she never really explained it even in later years it was hard for her but as I understood it there was an incident in Holland in her youth that made her stray from the piano and music. It was hard. Herman and I loved music but we could never talk about it much if she were around let alone play.
    Do you have the score for your father’s music? I would love to hear it played.

  6. David Schneider

    As a child I always loved the gift of Grandpas and Grandmas books. Years passed, people move, families change and books get put into a pile for garage sale. I have been trying to recreate the library that I once had for my children, who never got to know their great grandparents and the special times I spent with them. Please let me know, if there is a chance you may have some of their books on your shelf you would be willing to part with.

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