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Black History Month 2020

In the African-American physics community, most of the people that achieve success understand that they are blazing a trail and creating a legacy for those after them to follow. This year, our Black History Month profiles will focus both on the accomplishments of each individual honoree and the legacy that each honoreee has created on the overall physics community.

Robert A. Ellis, Jr.

February 7, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Robert A. Ellis Jr. Dr. Ellis was considered a pioneer in modern experimental plasma physics. His legacy lives on at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in his research and in his son.

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Howard J. Foster

February 6, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Howard J. Foster. Dr. Foster left a tremendous educational legacy as the founder and former chairman of the Department of Physics and Mathematics at Alabama A&M University.

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Harry L. Morrison

February 5, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Harry L. Morrison. Dr. Morrison was the first African American physics faculty member at the University of California Berkeley and a founding member of NSBP. 

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Meredith C. Gourdine

February 4, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Meredith C. Gourdine. Dr. Gourdine was a highly successful scientist and entrepreneur. His pioneering research and product development in electrogasdynamics has made an indelible legacy on our world.

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Carl A. Rouse

February 3, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Carl A. Rouse. Dr. Rouse became the first African American to successfully enter into a career as a professional astrophysics researcher. He left behind a tremendous academic legacy as well as a financial legacy to ensure continued growth of underrepresented groups in astrophysics research.

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Carolyn Beatrice Parker

February 2, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Carolyn Beatrice Parker. Ms. Parker is the first African American woman known to have gained a postgraduate degree in physics. Her legacy of academic achievement in physics inspired generations of African American women in physics.

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