Beth Brown

Saturday, 11 February 2017 by

February 11, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Beth Brown. Beth Brown was born in Roanoke, Virginia where her love of science fiction helped develop her interest in astronomy.  After graduating as the valedictorian of William Fleming High School’s Class of 1987, she went on to graduate summa cum laude from Howard

Sylvester Gates

Friday, 10 February 2017 by

February 10, 2017 The National Society of  Black Physicists honors Dr. Sylvester Gates Dr. Sylvester James Gates was born on December 15, 1950, in Tampa, Florida.  He is an African-American theoretical physicist, known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. As a young man, Gates’s parents always stressed the importance of education.  At

George Carruthers

Thursday, 09 February 2017 by

February 9, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. George Carruthers. Dr. George Robert Carruthers was born October 1, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist. Born the son of a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Carruthers Sr., encouraged his young son’s early interest

Shirley Jackson

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 by

February 8, 2017 The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Shirley Jackson. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was born on August 5, 1946, in Washington, D.C.  She is the first African American woman to earn a doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, when she received her Ph.D. in nuclear physics. Motivated by her parents who

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

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