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*Kerrie Lamont Holley was born on this date in 1954. He is an African American software architect, author, researcher and Inventor. Holley was raised by his maternal grandmother on Chicago’s south side. While never having met his father. Holley became a student at the Sue Duncan Children’s Center in 1961 where he was tutored in math and science. […]learn more
*Edith DeVoe was born on this date in 1921. She was a Black nurse. Edith Mazie DeVoe was born in Washington, D. C. to Sadie Frances (née Dent) and Joseph Edward DeVoe. Both of her parents were employed in government service and the family consisted of four children, Elizabeth, Edith, Joseph and Sadie. Her brother died […]learn more
*W. Lincoln Hawkins was born on this date in 1911. He was a Black chemist, engineer and environmental justice advocate. Walter Lincoln Hawkins was born in Washington, D.C. His father was a lawyer for the U.S. Census Bureau and his mother was a science teacher in the District of Columbia school system. Hawkins also […]learn more
On this date, the Registry looks at the African American contributions to science and chemistry in history.
Understanding the properties of substances or matter and how to make practical use of them is the essence of chemistry, whether the study takes place in a formal laboratory or not. The effectiveness of folk medicines used for centuries by traditional Africans and African American practitioners throughout the world is recognized today.learn more
*The birth of Thomas Fuller is celebrated on this date in 1710 is. He was Black African slave and mathematician. He was born between present-day Liberia and Benin. He was one of the millions of Black Africans and kidnapped to America as a slave at the age of 14 during the Middle Passage. He was […]learn more
Benjamin Banneker was born on this date in 1731. He was a self-taught, Black astronomer and mathematician.
Banneker and his sisters were born free and grew up on a self-sufficient, 100-acre tobacco farm in Ellicott, MD. Growing up, he spent much of his free time devising and solving mathematical puzzles. It was not until after his retirement from farming at the age of 59 that Banneker began to study astronomy through borrowed books, becoming a man of science and mathematics through unassisted experimentation and close observation of natural phenomena.learn more
On this date we remember the birth of James Durham in 1762. He was the first recognized Black physician in the United States.learn more
*Nathan M. Thomas was born on this date in 1803. He was a white-American doctor and abolitionist. He was born in was born in Mount Pleasant, Jefferson Co., Ohio, the son of Jesse and Avis (Stanton) Thomas, both devout Quakers. He studied medicine with local practitioners and at the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati. […]learn more
*The birth of Mary Grant Seacole in 1805 is celebrated on this date. She was a Jamaican nurse and abolitionist.
Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica; her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother a Jamaican. Mary learned her nursing skills from her mother, who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers. Although technically ‘free’, being of mixed race, Mary and her family had few civil rights – they could not vote, hold public office or enter the professions.learn more
*This date marks the birth of Norbert Rillieux in 1806. He was an African American inventor and engineer whose patented inventions revolutionized the sugar refining industry.learn more
*J. Marion Sims was born onthis date in 1813. He was a white-American doctor, often called the Father of gynecology. From Lancaster, SC, James Marion Sims was one of two sons of John Jarrett “Jack” Sims who was a county sheriff and Mahala Mackey Sims. His brother’s name was John Jarrett Sims Jr. J. Marion […]learn more
*Lord Beaconsfield Landry was born on this date in 1878. He was an African American physician, civic leader and vocal soloist.learn more
*David Livingstone was born on this date in 1813. He was a white-Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and Christian missionary. He was born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and grew up with several siblings in a single tenement room. He started working at a cotton mill company as a child and would follow his long work schedule with schooling […]learn more
On this date in 1813, James McCune Smith was born. He was an African American physician and abolitionist.
From New York City, he received his early education at the African Free School. Though his academic credentials were exceptional, Smith was effectively barred from American Colleges because he was Black. Thus, Smith entered Glasgow University in Scotland in 1832 and earned three academic degrees, including a doctorate in medicine. He also gained a reputation in the Scottish anti-slavery movement as an officer of the Glasgow Emancipation Society.learn more
*Alexander Thomas Augusta was born on this date in 1825. He was a Black physician and educator.
From Norfolk, Virginia, as a young man he first made his way to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked as a barber. He began his study of medicine with private tutors and next applied for admission to the University of Pennsylvania. Though access was denied, a Professor William Gibson was impressed with Augusta and brought him under his guidance.learn more