African American Women Chemists by Jeannette Brown

By Jeannette Brown

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia collage in 1947. even supposing she was once not often the 1st of her race and gender to interact within the box, she was once the 1st African American girl to obtain a PhD in chemistry within the usa. during this ebook, Jeannette Brown, an African American lady chemist herself, will current a wide-ranging ancient advent to the fairly new presence of African American ladies within the box of chemistry. it's going to aspect their struggles to acquire an schooling and their efforts to reach a box during which there have been few African American males, less African American women.The publication comprises sketches of the lives of African the United States girls chemists from the earliest pioneers up till the overdue 1960's while the Civil Rights Acts have been handed and bigger profession possibilities started to emerge. In every one cartoon, Brown will discover women's motivation to review the sphere and element their frequently particularly major accomplishments. Chapters specialize in chemists in academia, undefined, and govt, in addition to chemical engineers, whose profession direction is especially assorted from that of the culture chemist. The booklet concludes with a bankruptcy at the way forward for African American girls chemists, for you to be of curiosity to all ladies attracted to technology.

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African American Women Chemists

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia college in 1947. even supposing she was once not often the 1st of her race and gender to interact within the box, she was once the 1st African American lady to obtain a PhD in chemistry within the usa. during this e-book, Jeannette Brown, an African American girl chemist herself, will current a wide-ranging historic creation to the fairly new presence of African American girls within the box of chemistry.

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ANGIE TURNER KING Dr. Angie Turner King was an academically trained chemist and mathematician, who mentored many future scientists. She was born Angie Lena Turner in Elkhorn, West Virginia, on December 9, 1905. Elkhorn was a racially segregated coal mining community in MacDowell County, West Virginia. 42 She was sent to live with her maternal grandmother, who verbally abused her because she was dark-skinned (her grandmother was very light-skinned and discriminated against dark-skinned African Americans).

She majored in nutrition, with minors in physiological chemistry and microscopic anatomy. She completed the requirements for the PhD degree in two years; however, one member of her dissertation committee convinced the others that she was too young to graduate at the age of twentytwo. 28 She received a research assistantship from the Iowa State Department of Food and Nutrition for this purpose. ”29 It is important to note that this research was being done before or at the same time as the discovery of DNA.

33 In 1990, a group of scholars, scientists, and residents of Kalaunana, gave homage to Ball for her outstanding work. Ball’s accomplishments have survived in the historical record because of two individuals, Dr. Kathryn Takara of the University of Hawaii, who in 1977 began to research black women in Hawaii and discovered Alice’s story, and Stanley Ali, a retired federal worker who was researching blacks in Hawaii. It was Ali who was able, with support from the University of Hawaii faculty, to have a portrait of Alice Ball hung in the Hamilton Library on campus.

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