Mercedes Richards

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 by

February 7, 2017 The National Society of Physicists honors Dr. Mercedes Tharam Davis. Dr. Mercedes Tharam Davis was raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She received her BSc in Physics from the University of the West Indies before moving to Toronto, where she earned her MSc (at York) and PhD (U Toronto) in astronomy.   Early in her career,

Walter McAfee

Sunday, 05 February 2017 by

February 6, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Walter McAfee. Walter Samuel McAfee, theoretical physicist, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1934 from Wiley College, and in 1937 he earned a Master’s of Science degree from The Ohio State University. In 1942, McAfee joined the United States Army Signal Corps Engineering

Katherine Johnson

Sunday, 05 February 2017 by

February 5, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Katherine Johnson. Katherine “The Human Computer” Johnson (Coleman) was born on August 26, 1918.  She is an African American physicist and mathematician who is known for her accuracy in computerized celestial navigation that helped calculate the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for

Herman Branson

Saturday, 04 February 2017 by

February 4, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Herman Branson Dr. Herman Branson was a physicist and chemist whose contributions were instrumental to the discovery of the alpha-helix protein structure in biological systems. He was educated at Virginia State College in 1936 where he earned a bachelor’s in physics. After graduating, Branson went

Willie Hobbs Moore

Friday, 03 February 2017 by

February 3, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore. Willie Hobbs Moore was born on May 23, 1934 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  She was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from any American university. In 1954 she began her studies in the college of

Elmer Imes

Thursday, 02 February 2017 by

February 2, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Elmer Imes. Elmer Imes was born on October 12, 1883 in Memphis, TN. He was the second African American to earn a Ph.D. in Physics and the first in the 20th century. He was among the first African-American scientists to make important contributions to

Edward Bouchet

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 by

February 1, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Edward A. Bouchet. Edward Alexander Bouchet was born on September 15, 1852 in New Haven CT. He was an African American physicist and educator and was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from any American university, completing his dissertation in physics at Yale

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