Valerie Thomas (1943- )

Valerie LaVerne Thomas, scientist, mathematician, physicist, and inventor, was born on February 1, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. Reared in the historic all-Black Cherry Hill community, Valerie’s parents were her first role models. They instilled in her the importance of education that resulted “in an inquiry-based … Read MoreValerie Thomas (1943- )

Clyde Foster (1931-2017)

Clyde Foster, scientist and mathematician, was a significant figure who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His calculations helped launch rockets into space and throughout his career he was an advocate for African Americans in Science. Foster was born in Birmingham, Alabama … Read MoreClyde Foster (1931-2017)

David Rice Hedgley Jr. (1937- )

Pioneering computer scientist and mathematician David R. Hedgley Jr., hailed as the “Father of 3D Graphics” was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 1937, the son of David R. Rice Sr., a prominent Baptist minister and civil rights activist, and Christine Hedgley, a schoolteacher. … Read MoreDavid Rice Hedgley Jr. (1937- )

Angella Dorothea Ferguson (1925- )

Angella Ferguson is best known as a medical researcher. Her pioneering research focused on the development of the sickle cell disease among African American infants. Eventually, she developed a blood test to detect sickle cell at birth and this test became standard for forty U.S. … Read MoreAngella Dorothea Ferguson (1925- )

Warren Elliott Henry (1909-2001)

Dr. Warren Elliott Henry enjoyed a long and influential career in the field of physical chemistry, working in the public and private sectors and in academia. His areas of expertise included radar technology and solid-state physics. Henry conducted experiments on magnetism as well as metallurgy, … Read MoreWarren Elliott Henry (1909-2001)

Gloria Conyers Hewitt (1935- )

Born October 26, 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina, Gloria Conyers Hewitt grew up persistent. Her father, Emmett C. Conyers, and her mother, Crenella Conyers, thought that their children should attend college as they believed that was the only opportunity for improvement for African Americans. While … Read MoreGloria Conyers Hewitt (1935- )