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African American History Month- Modern Day Heroes

The final installment in our February series for African American History Month, this post highlights some of the more contemporary scientists and their accomplishments.

These scientists built upon the legacy set by their predecessors, continuing to research, discover and invent to the benefit of all.  Their advancements include treatments for glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis, the microphone as we know it today, methods to research life on Mars, and research on songbirds.  This post features Percy Julian, James West, Emmett Chappelle, and Erich Jarvis.

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African American History Month- The Trailblazers

Our third installment on our series of African American Scientists focuses on the trailblazers- scientists who’s accomplishments paved the way for future achievements of contemporary scientists.

Two of the men featured in this post overcame the tide of slavery to become highly educated and highly regarded, but all of them overcame the racism that was rampant during their time. All of these remarkable scientists lives were characterized by their insatiable pursuit of knowledge in their field, even from early ages. Their accomplishments set standards in their fields, including mathematics, agriculture, zoology, open heart surgery, and blood banks.

This post features Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Charles Henry Turner, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Charles Richard Drew.


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African American History Month- Women in Science

Our second installment on our series of African American Scientists focuses on the women and their tremendous accomplishments.

Despite the strong role models included in this post, not to mention the countless others, African American female scientists are still rare. Of the 7,488 science doctorates awarded to Americans in 2004, only  124 of those, or 1.7 percent, were awarded to black women. Still, the women in this post worked hard and against the odds to become tops in their field. One item that they all seem to have in common? A supportive family who stressed the value and opportunities that came with education.

This post features Roger Arliner Young, Marie Maynard Daly, Patricia Bath, Mae Jemison, Aprille Ericsson.

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African American History Month- The Inventors

For the month of February and in celebration of African American History Month, Headline Science Now is featuring biographies of prominent African American scientists and inventors. Our first installment features Inventors and their contributions to history and society.

Prior to the Civil War, free blacks were entitled to receive patents for their inventions, although very few had the skills or education to develop their ideas. But a significant number of black inventors successfully developed and patented their inventions. Thomas Jennings was the first to hold a patent and he used funds from that patent to fund abolitionist causes. In 1870, after the Civil War, the U.S. patent laws were revised so that anyone, regardless of race, could hold a patent and the number of patents issued to African Americans greatly increased.

This post focuses on Norbert Rillieux, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Howard Lattimer, Garrett Augustus Morgan, Frederick McKinley Jones, Patricia Bath, and Mark Dean.

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