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African American Inventors and Scientists

African Americans have made many contributions to America’s history of science and invention. Here is a list of sites to explore.


African American Inventors

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver found hundreds of uses for the peanut.

Madame C.J. Walker
Born as Sarah Breedlove, Madame C.J. Walker invented hair products for African American women. She was one of America’s first women millionaires.

Percy Julian
Percy Julian was a research chemist who developed products from the soybean plant. He invented soy-based drugs to fight cancer, miscarriages and rheumatoid arthritis. This is a link to the PBS Nova documentary film, “Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.”

African American Mathematicians


African American Mathematicians
From the University of Buffalo, an unusually complete list of African Americans in mathematics. Don’t miss the page of female African American mathematicians.

African Americans in Science

African American Physicists
From the University of Buffalo, an extensive list of African American physicists.

Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker was a prominent colonial astronomer from Baltimore County, Maryland.

Benjamin Carson, M.D.
Born in Baltimore, Dr. Ben Carson is a famous pediatric neurosurgeon.

African American Astronauts
The NASA Quest website lists all 14 African American astronauts, including Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space, and Ronald McNair, who died in the Challenger shuttle accident in 1986.


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