We Are Smart Enough: 7 Famous Black Women In Science

There is a place for African American women in science. We’ll prove it to you.

When it comes to science, there is no gender, nationality, or even age. Pure science can exist outside the borders of the country, language, mentality, and other. It requires time, efforts, and in most cases lives of people who have decided to become real smarty pants. Most scientists confess that once you start diving deep into knowledge, there is no way back. The more you discover, the more new secrets and puzzles appear. African American female researchers have granted the world a weighty contribution in various fields.

The first NASA astronaut Patricia Cowings

Before Patricia, there were no black women in NASA trained as astronauts. Despite Ms. Cowings, who was born in 1948, have never been to open space, she was well trained and ready to perform a flight back in 1979. She is famous for her discovery in the physiology of the astronaut’s body in outer space, to be exact, the invested in finding cures for the motion sickness which appears in a body in outer space. Being a kid of the Bronx, her parents motivated her to study by saying ‘that this is the only way to get out of Bronx.’ She gained a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California.

A spectacular biochemist Marie Maynard Daly

Marie has reached a considerable career success in biochemistry, or rather cell nucleus, and became the first African American female scientist who gained Ph.D. in chemistry. At the age of 21, she earned her BA at Queens College, which was a small school back in 1942. Her Ph.D. she gained in Columbia University. Her career path was struggling, but after the structure of DNA was described in 1953, the field of cell nucleus received considerable investments which changed the way of research significantly.

Alice Augusta Ball, the first female M.S. degree in chemistry

The first not only African American but female representative in the list of famous black scientists in chemistry. She is a predecessor of Marie Maynard Daly. She has gained her breaking through M.S. degree at College of Hawaii in 1915. Alice’s thesis was The Chemical Constituents of Piper Methysticum. It opened her the way to her further lifelong research of the curing features of chaulmoogra oil. At the age of 23, she discovered a technique of making the oil absorbable by the human body. It is the only treatment for Hansen’s disease.

chemistry test tubes

The first Ph.D. in mathematics gained by Euphemia Haynes

Am you smart enough to learn mathematics? Real fanatics have no time for asking these questions to themselves. Euphemia has proved to the world that there is no gender and nationality in the world of mathematics research. The University of Chicago granted her with a Masters degree when she was 40 years old. Thirteen years later she was already a Ph.D. She had been a public school teacher for 47 years, the first DC Board of Education’s chair. Dr. Haynes was a Division of Mathematics and Business Education’s chair and creator at Miner’s Teachers College. She also became one of the most generous African American inventors giving $700 thousands to Catholic University.

Mary Styles Harris, an American geneticist

Mary had started with advanced algebra and organic chemistry at Lincoln University. Her success encouraged her father to reserve her a place at the University of Miami for studying medicine. She declined the generous offer saying that research is much more exciting than treating people. At Cornel University she studied molecular genetics and finished a doctorate at 1975. It didn’t stop her proceeding her postdoctorate education at Rutgers University without the help of assignment help writers. She was interested in spreading healthcare information to minorities. The apogees of her spectacular career was a documentary show Journey To Wellness.

Annie Easley’s computer scientific experience

Annie was not the first black woman scientist, but one of the most inspiring and influential scientists at both NACA and NASA. She is an example of genuinely segregated African American scientists. Annie studied pharmacy at Xavier University but didn’t’ have a chance to finish it. B.S. in mathematics gave her an opportunity for a successful career at the NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. She was one of the four African Americans in the lab among more than 2500 employees. She worked on the alternative power technology systems as a computer scientist until her retirement in 1989. Her achievements helped the launches of military, communication and weather satellites.

outer space satellite

Neuroscience professor Yasmin Hurd

The modern world requires neuroscience specialists as it has never done before. Yasmin Hurd is one of the most influential New York-based black professor who is working at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She studies the neurobiology of addiction concerning cannabis and other fields. Her publications were cited more than five thousand times, which is a considerable achievement in the modern scientific world.

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