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Wed, 01.14.1925

Albert Antoine, NASA scientist and chemistry teacher

Albert C. Antoine

Albert Cornelius Antoine was born on this date in 1925. He is an African American scientist and educator.

He was born in New York City, the son of Wilhelmina M. and Emmanuel E. Antoine, both of whom were natives of the British West Indies. Albert Cornelius Antoine received his elementary and secondary school education in the New York Public Schools. He attended P.S. 184 / Cooper Jr. High School and Townsend Harris High School, where he received his high school diploma in 1941. He went on to earn his B.S. degree from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University.

He began his career as a Control Chemist at the Pentone Company in New Jersey in 1947, taught chemistry at the post-secondary level at Clark College in Atlanta, during the 1953/1954 school year, and later taught at Cleveland State University from 1963 until 1970. From 1954 to 1983, Antoine was also employed at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. There he researched jet and rocket propulsion, project management, and technical management for contracts and grants.

From 1983 to 1996, Antoine was Senior Research Associate, in the College of Engineering for Cleveland State University at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Over the years, his professional activities have included service on intergovernmental technical review and technical evaluating committees, membership in the American Chemical Society and publishing and lecturing on his research. Dr. Antoine has also worked with many public service and non-profit organizations, including the Cleveland International Program, the Council for Careers in Science, the Rotary Club, and Creative Writing Workshop Projects, which was founded by his wife, June.

Dr. Antoine is featured in “Black Contributions to the Engineering and Science Fields” at NASA Lewis Research Center and “Blacks in Science: Astrophysicist to Zoologist,” by Hattie Carwell. He is also listed in “American Men of Science.”

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