Scientists have to be thanked immensely for making our lives so comfortable and sophisticated. Although many people around the world do know about the contributions of many eminent scientists, the achievements of African American scientists have been largely unspoken. George Washington Carver, Percy Lavon Julian and Ernest Everett Just are a few yesteryear African American scientists known for their outstanding achievements. Carver was a botanist who created awareness among farmers about the importance of peanuts and sweet potatoes. The renowned ‘Time’ magazine had nicknamed this eminent botanist as the ‘Black Leonardo’ and hailed his contributions as an environmentalist. Astronaut Mae C Jemison created history in 1992 by becoming the first woman to visit space. Jemison, an alumna of highly reputed institutions like ‘Cornell University’ and ‘Stanford University’, has won a string of awards for her outstanding contributions towards the field of astrophysics. During recent times, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been the talk of the town for his impressive writings in various science journals. His book, titled ‘Death By Black Hole’, was released in 2007 and is a favorite among various science lovers from around the world. Most noteworthy African American scientists have been recipients of several awards and other laurels for their remarkable accomplishments. We have listed the names of African American scientists who are great achievers and role models to many people around the world. It’s high time we know more about them and their remarkable achievements.
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson

05 October 1958


Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951


Mae JemisonMae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)

17 October 1956


Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)

09 November 1731


Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
(Mathematics Educator)

09 September 1914


Octavia E. ButlerOctavia E. Butler
(American fiction writer)

22 June 1947


Garrett MorganGarrett Morgan

04 March 1877


Ernest Everett JustErnest Everett Just
(Biologist, Zoologist, University teacher, Marine biologist)

14 August 1883


Patricia BathPatricia Bath
(Ophthalmologist, Physician)

04 November 1942


Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones

17 May 1893


Sarah E. GoodeSarah E. Goode

1855 AD


Otis BoykinOtis Boykin
(American inventor)

29 August 1920


Alexa CanadyAlexa Canady
(neurosurgeon, physician)

07 November 1950


Evelyn Boyd GranvilleEvelyn Boyd Granville
(American mathematician)

01 May 1924


Madam C.J. WalkerMadam C.J. Walker
(Civil Rights Activist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur)

1867 AD

Percy JulianPercy Julian
(Academic, Civil Rights Activist, Chemist, Scientist, Medical Professional)

1899 AD

Guion S. BlufordGuion S. Bluford
(Astronaut, Scientist, Pilot)

1942 AD

Mae C. JemisonMae C. Jemison
(Astronaut, Doctor)

1956 AD

Frederick JonesFrederick Jones
(American inventor)

17 May 1893


Mary MahoneyMary Mahoney
(Civil Rights Activist, Women)

1845 AD

Katherine G. JohnsonKatherine G. Johnson

1918 AD

George CarruthersGeorge Carruthers
(Physicist, Scientist)

1939 AD

Edward Alexander BouchetEdward Alexander Bouchet

1852 AD

Marie M. DalyMarie M. Daly

1921 AD

Lonnie G. JohnsonLonnie G. Johnson
(Engineer, Inventor)

1949 AD

Dorothy Johnson VaughanDorothy Johnson Vaughan

1910 AD

John Lee LoveJohn Lee Love

Mary Winston-JacksonMary Winston-Jackson
(Scientist, Mathematician)

1921 AD