Science/ Medicine

This category includes blacks in all sciences; medicine, technology, health, physics, psychology, agronomy, environment, research and more.

Jean Hamilton Walls, Physicist born


Jean Hamilton Walls

*The birth of Jean Hamilton Walls in 1885 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American physicist and educator.

From Pittsburgh she was the daughter of. Walls graduated from Allegheny High School in 1904 and majored in mathematics and physics at Pitt. She received a master's degree at Howard University in 1912 and taught at the Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore; the Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Fort Valley School in Georgia.

Lord Beaconsfield Landry, doctor and activist


Lord Beaconsfield Landry

*Lord Beaconsfield Landry was born on this date in 1878. He was an African American physician, civic leader and vocal soloist.

Wendell Cotton, Orthodonist born


Wendell N. Cotton

*On this date in 1922, Wendell Cotton was born. He was an African American dentist and community activist and the first black Orthodontist to open a private practice west of the Mississippi River.

Inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown born


Marie Van Britton and
(husband) Albert Brown

*Marie Van Brittan Brown was born on this date in 1922. She was an African American nurse and inventor.

Born Marie Van Brittan in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, in 1966 she had the idea for a home surveillance device. She applied for a patent along with her husband Albert Brown in 1966 for a closed circuit television security system. They created a system for a motorized camera to show images on a monitor. The patent, #3,482,037 was granted. Her devise was the forerunner to the modern home security system.

Randolph Bromery, Geophysicist born


Randolph Bromery

*Randolph Bromery was born on this date in 1926. He is an African American Geophysicist, educator. Bromery was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland during the Depression.

A pioneer in Ophthalmology, Patricia Era Bath


Patricia Era Bath

*Patricia Era Bath was born on this date in 1942. She is an African American ophthalmologist, inventor and academic.

Bath is the daughter of Rupert and Gladys Bath. From in Harlem, NYC, as a child her parents encouraged her academically. Her father, an immigrant from Trinidad, was a newspaper columnist for the Amsterdam News, a merchant seaman and the first black man to work for the New York City Subway as a motorman. Her mother was an American citizen, whose direct descendants were African slaves and Cherokee Indians.

Terrence Roberts, member of the Little Rock Nine


Terrence Roberts

*Terrence Roberts was born on this date in 1941. He is an African American Psychologist, sociologist, author and activist.

Franklin McLean, doctor and activist


Franklin C. Mclean

*Franklin Chambers McLean was born on this date in 1888. He was an White American doctor and Civil Rights activist.

Herbert Scrulock, pioneering Bio-Chemist


Herbert Scurlock

*The birth of Herbert C. Scurlock in 1875 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American biochemist who pioneered the application of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer and the use of x-ray to diagnose dental problems.

Genevieve Knight, award winning educator


Genevieve Knight

*Genevieve Knight was born on this date in 1939. She is an African American mathematician and teacher.