In celebration of Black History Month, here are some notable people that have made a change in the STEAM field:
Dr. Wright has been in her field for 40 years. During that time, she pioneered the use of a specific drug to treat breast cancer and skin cancer and published over 100 research papers. She was the highest ranking African-American woman in a United States medical institution by 1967 and then became the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society in 1971.
He first accepted a position as Senior Systems Engineer at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter. He then left and joined the air force, bringing in the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal on two different occasions. He then returned to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on the Mars Observer project. After all of those accomplishments, Johnson formed his own engineering firm and licensed the Super Soaker® water gun to Larami Corporation. After 2 years, the Super Soaker generated over $200 million in retail sales, and became the number one selling toy in America.
Clark studied at Howard University in 1935, one of the historical black university (HBCU), and Columbia University in 1940, where he earned a PhD in psychology. He was the first black president of the American Psychological Association and became the first African-American to become a fully tenured professor at the City College of New York. Him and his wife founded the Northside Center for Child Development to work with children living in poverty, and “published a report (1950) that unmasked the psychological effects of racial segregation in schools. The report was prominently cited in the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, that outlawed segregation nationwide.”
Happy Black History Month and Valentine’s Day!