Famous Black Scientists
When it comes to famous black scientists, George Washington Carver, Mae C. Jemison, and Neil deGrasse Tyson probably come to mind. But do you know about Otis Boykin and how he's helped old hearts beat a little better? And how about Garrett Morgan, whose inventions have kept hair straighter, clothes fitter and traffic more efficient? Get more on these famous black scientists and more, only at Biography.com.
Featured Black Scientists
Meet inspiring black scientists who've helped shape our world, like George Washington Carver and his countless discoveries on how to use the peanut, as well as Mae C. Jemison and her ascent into space as the first African-American woman. Their accomplishments are all here and more in our Black Scientists Group.
George Washington Carver
Inventor, Botanist, Chemist / 1864 - 1943
George Washington Carver was a prominent African-American scientist and inventor. Carver is best known for the many uses he devised for the peanut.
Mae C. Jemison
Lonnie G. Johnson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Academic, Civil Rights Activist, Medical Professional, Chemist / 1899 - 1975
African-American chemist Percy Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids and birth control pills.
Inventor, Scientist / 1931 -
James West is a U.S. inventor and professor who, in 1962, developed the electret transducer technology later used in 90 percent of contemporary microphones.
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