• Henry Sampson
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    Henry Sampson – Black History Month

    My next pioneer is Henry Sampson, we honor a great pioneer we lost in January 2018. Sampson was a great inventor, whose gamma-electrical cell made it possible to wirelessly send and receive audio signals through radio waves that was a vital component to the growth of cellular phone usage. Education Sampson graduated from Lanier High School and then attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, before transferring to Purdue University (my alma mater!), where he received his bachelor’s degree in science. He graduated with a MS degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sampson also received an MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His…

  • Patricia Bath
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    Dr. Patricia Bath – Black History Month

    Patricia Bath is an American ophthalmologist, inventor, and academic. Patricia Bath is the first person to invent and demonstrate laserphaco cataract surgery. She was also the first black woman in medicine in the United States to have their own patent. Education Raised in Harlem, Bath struggled with sexism, racism, and poverty but she was encouraged academically by her parents. It was obvious that she was a gifted student, and by her high school years, was able to graduate in just two and a half years. She grew up in a predominantly black community where blacks were not accepted into many medical schools, so attending a medical school would be challenging. Bath received…

  • Daniel Hale Williams
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    Dr. Daniel Hale Williams – Black History Month

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, what better day to talk about… hearts! This blog is all about Daniel Hale Williams, who was an African-American general surgeon and was the second person to perform a documented, successful pericardium surgery in the United States to repair a wound. Education and Career Williams would first become a shoemaker, and then, Williams took up working at the family barbershop. He would ultimately decided he wanted to pursue his education. Williams worked as an apprentice with Dr. Henry Palmer, and then continue training at Chicago Medical College. Williams set up his own practice in Chicago’s South Side, becoming the first African-American physician to work for the…

  • Mae Jemison
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    Mae Jemison – Black History Month

    Mae Jemison best known for being the first African-American female astronaut in space. She flew into space aboard the Endeavour, becoming the first African-American woman in space. Education Jemison received a bachelors in chemical engineering from Stanford University and a doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University. After medical school and a brief general practice, After working as a general practitioner, Jemison served two and a half years as a volunteer in the Peace Corps before she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. In her own right, she speaks Russian, Japanese, and Swahili. Career After a year of training, she became the first female African American astronaut. On Sept.…

  • Dr Vivienne Malone Mayes
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    Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes – Black History Month

    Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes was an African-American mathematician and professor who studied properties of functions, as well as methods of teaching mathematics. She is known for being the fifth African-American woman to gain a PhD in mathematics in the United States, and the first full-time African-American member of the faculty of Baylor University.  Education Mayes was a very bright student and thanks to her parents avid encouragement for her to pursue an education, she was able to face the barriers of segregated education and not only graduate high school, but enter Fisk University at 16 years old, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree two years later studying mathematics. Career After earning her…

  • Mr. Frank S. Greene
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    Frank S. Greene – Black History Month

    Technologist Frank S. Greene: a man who developed the high speed semiconductor computer memory systems in the 1960s. He was best known as an entrepreneur and investment chief executive and a person worth knowing! Education Greene has extensively studied electrical engineering: earning a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (and was among the first black students to attend college there), a Master’s from Purdue University and a PhD from Santa Clara University. Career After earning his Master’s, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and became an Air Force captain prior to going back to school for his PhD from Santa Clara. He would reach the…

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