The Mad Scientists' Club is a series of short stories
by Bertrand R. Brinley about a gang of science geeks.
They all live in the mythical(?) town of Mammoth Falls, which is
somewhere near Canada. Most of the stories deal with the
Mad Scientists' battles with their nemesis, Harmon Muldoon's gang.
Harmon used to be a Mad Scientist, but he was kicked out for
"conduct unbecoming of a scientist" and giving away club
Growing up, I loved reading the Mad Scientists' Club stories.
They all have that same "geek chic" of the Encyclopedia Brown
stories where intelligence and cleverness is valued more
than raw, brute strength. Reading the stories today, the science
is a little dated (the emphasis on HAM and the reliance on
mechanical engineering-y solutions, for
example), but I still love reading them.
The members of the Mad Scientists' Club are:
The exploits of the Mad Scientists' Club are
recorded in three books, The Mad Scientists' Club (1965),
The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club (1968) and The Big Kerplop (about which I know nothing; I didn't even know it existed until Tem42 /msg'd me). Anyhow, the short stories I know are:
The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club
Many (all(?)) of these short stories were first printed
in "Boys' Life", the boy scout magazine. The Mad Scientists
are all members of the same Explorer post.
: You are correct
, but you have to remember
that all of these kids
are boy scouts
so it's very much a Leave it to Beaver
type of Mad Science
rather than Dr. Frankenstein