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Walter S. McAfee is the African American mathematician and physicist who first calculated the speed of the moon. McAfee participated in Project Diana in the - a U. Army program, created to determine whether a high frequency radio signal could.

Though born into slavery, Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only 10 years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African-American woman to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African-American children in L.A.

Bridget "Biddy" Mason (August 1818 in Hancock County, Georgia – January 1891 in Los Angeles, California) was an African American nurse, and a California real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Dr. James E. West    Electret Microphone Inventor    Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone, you’ve probably used his invention.

West Electret Microphone Inventor Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone,

“The Real McCoy” #history

“The Real McCoy” #history

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Caroline Still Wiley Anderson, Philadelphia's first Black doctor @ møe 🌞⛅🌟 fσℓℓσω мє for more!

1869 Robert Freeman Tanner becomes the first African American to earn a dental degree (Harvard University). In the same year, Howard University Law School becomes the United States’ first Black law school.

George Franklin Grant was the first African American professor at Harvard. Inventor of golf tee made of wood and a chemical used to cover teeth (he was a dentist). Fascinating information I never would have known.

In 1869, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Ebenezer D. Bassett Ambassador to Haiti, making him the first black diplomat to represent the US.

1869 - Republican President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Ebenezer D. Bassett Ambassador to Haiti, making him the first black diplomat to represent the US.

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~Hey Gorgeous~Selma Burke never received credit for her portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which was later featured on the US dime.

Ernest Everett Just (8/14/1883 – 10/27/41) was a pioneering negro biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. In his work within marine biology, cytology and parthenogenesis, he advocated the study of whole cells under normal conditions, rather than simply breaking them apart in a laboratory setting.  Just was born in South Carolina to Charles Frazier Just Jr. and Mary Matthews…

(August 1883 – October Ernest E. Just was a pioneering African American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms.

MIT at 14 years old, David Van Valen was accepted to MIT at the age of  13. He took 25 college courses while in high school, which he started at the old age of 10! At MIT, David majored in Math and Physics, getting degrees in both fields.  He then went on to get a PhD in Applied Physics at The California Institute of Technology in 2011 and an MD at UCLA in 2013.

by Dr Boyce Watkins David Van Valen has a life that is built for legend. The young scientist and his family set trends years ago when he.

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves.  During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy

Dr. Alexa Canady became the first african american woman neurosurgeon in 1981.:

Alexa Canady became the first African-American woman neurosurgeon in the United States in From 1987 to Canady was chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In less than 10 percent of all medical students were women.

Known as the “African Founding Father” of California, he was born in St. Croix to a mixed-race mother and Danish father, became a US citizen in 1834, then a Mexican citizen in 1844.

Known as the “African Founding Father” of California, he was born in St. Croix to a mixed-race mother and Danish father, became a US citizen in 1834, then a Mexican citizen in 1844.

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