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Black Women PhD Holders in Physics, 2015
Black Women PhD Holders in Physics, 2015

The 2016 book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, and the subsequent film by the same name released later that year, introduced the world to three remarkable women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, all mathematicians for NASA who in the early 1960s helped put the first U.S. astronauts in space. There are hundreds of other little known pioneers in mathematics and other STEM fields who are now profiled on BlackPast. Our goal is the end their obscurity. Many of those little-known women and men are listed below in their respective fields. Learn about their lives and accomplishments in their profiles. There are far more individuals who only await volunteers to write their profiles. Please help bring their stories to the general public by writing about them for BlackPast. If you are interested please contact us at

Howard University Chemistry Laboratory, 1900
Howard University Science Lab, ca. 1900

Explore all the amazing inventors in the Black Inventors and Inventions page.

The video below is provided by Base 11, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) workforce and entrepreneur development company headquartered in Irvine, California that seeks to empower 100,000+ students and early career adults to pursue STEM careers or become STEM entrepreneurs. The video specifically discusses the Next Frontier Conference & Expo which will take place virtually on October 6-7, 2021. There, participants will join corporations, foundations, academic institutions and students who share a common interest in our goal of building up the next STEM generation. To be notified when registration for the conference opens, sign up at