Science/ Medicine

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

Augustus Lushington born


Augustus Lushington

*Augustus Lushington was born on this date in 1869. He was an African American Veterinarian.

William Morgan, dentist and Tuskeege Airman


William Morgan, 1944

*William Morgan was born on this date in 1921. He was an African American dentist and Tuskegee Airman.

William Bethel Morgan Jr. was from Wyano, Pennsylvania (Westmoreland County), a small coal mining community. His father was William Bethel Morgan, Sr., a coal miner, and his mother was Susie Harris Morgan a farmer. When he was just 8, in 1929, Morgan’s father died in a Wyano coal mining accident. Young Morgan and his mother moved onto a farm in Yukon, Pennsylvania as the only black family in town.

Sickle Cell pioneer, Willliam W. Cardozo

*William Warrick Cardozo was born on this date in 1905. He was an African American physician and pediatrician.

From Washington D.C. Cardozo attended the public schools in his hometown. His father was Frederick Lewis Cardozo and his mother was Blanche Warrick. He also attended Hampton Institute and went to Ohio State University where he received his AB in 1929 and MD in 1933. He was an intern at City Hospital and took a two-year fellowship at Children’s Hospital and Provident Hospital in Chicago. He is best remembered for his pioneering investigations into sickle cell anemia.

John L.S. Holloman, doctor and activist


John L.S. Holloman

*John L.S. Sullivan was born on this date in 1919. He was an African American Physician and activist.

Harold Amos, a Harvard science legend


Harold Amos

*Harold Amos was born on this date in 1918. He was an African American microbiologist and professor.

National Black Deaf Association established

*The 1982 establishment of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) is celebrated on this date. It is the oldest and largest organization of deaf and hard of hearing Black people in the United States.
In the early 1980’s, Black deaf leaders were disturbed that deaf and hard of hearing African-Americans were not sufficiently represented and created NBDA. They wanted to aid in leadership and policy decision-making activities affecting hearing-impaired African Americans. Beginning with the establishment of two chapters, the NBDA has grown as an organization with 30 chapters.

Edith Hambie, a well rounded scientist


Edith Hambie

*Edith A. Hambie was born on this date in1937. She was an African American scientist, research microbiologist, educator, and activist.

From Decatur, GA., Edith Amos Hambie received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in 1974 and her Master's degree in Microbiology in 1979 from Atlanta University. 

Etta Z. Falconer, pioneering Math Educator


Etta Z. Falconer

*The birth of Etta Falconer in 1933 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American mathematician and educator.

James Lu Valle born


James Lu Valle

*James Lu Valle was born on this date in 1912. He was an African American Chemist.

From in San Antonio, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1936. During that time he ran track for UCLA and won a Bronze medal in 400 meter race in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1937, Lu Valle earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in 1940 from California Institute of technology.

Moddie Taylor worked on the Mahattan Project


Moddie Taylor

*Moddie Taylor was born on this date in 1912. He was an African American chemist.