Famous African American Scientists Who Deserve A Salute For Their Achievements

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.

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 1 
Neil deGrasse Tyson
(American Astrophysicist, Planetary Scientist and Science Communicator)

Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 2 
Ben Carson
(U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (2017 – 2021))

Ben Carson
50
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 
Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)

Mae Jemison
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 4 
Octavia Butler
(Science fiction author)

Octavia Butler
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2006

 5 
Benjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)

Benjamin Banneker
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 9, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore County
Died: October 9, 1806

 6 
John McWhorter
(Linguist)

John McWhorter
0
Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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Otis Boykin
(American inventor)

Otis Boykin
0
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: March 13, 1982
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 8 
Marie Maynard Daly
(Biochemist)

Marie Maynard Daly
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Corona, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 2003

 9 
Alice Ball
(Chemist, Pharmacist)

Alice Ball
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: December 31, 1916

 10 
Lonnie Johnson
(Inventor, Aerospace engineer)

Lonnie Johnson
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Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 11 
Marjorie Lee Browne
(Mathematics Educator)

Marjorie Lee Browne
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: October 19, 1979

 12 
Alexa Canady
(neurosurgeon, physician)

Alexa Canady
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing

 13 
Edward Bouchet
(physicist)

Edward Bouchet
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 15, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 28, 1918

 14 
Lynika Strozier
(Biologist)

Lynika Strozier
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: June 7, 2020

 15 
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
(Soil scientist, Researcher)

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea

 16 
Evelyn Boyd Granville
(Mathematician)

Evelyn Boyd Granville
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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Arthur B. C. Walker Jr.
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: April 29, 2001

 18 
Avery August
(Immunologist)

Avery August
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belize City, Belize

 19 
John Lee Love
(Inventor)

John Lee Love
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Birthdate: September 26, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 26, 1931