African-American Pioneers in Science

African-American Scientists - Mathematicians

Mathematics is the science of numbers, their operations, measurement, tranformations and abstractions.

Some early African-American mathematicians -

  • Benjamin Banneker (1731 - 1806), though normally considered an astronomer, made astronomical calculations that predicted sonar and lunar eclipses.
  • Elbert Frank Cox (1895 - 1969) was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics (1925).
  • Evelyn Boyd Granville Boyd (1924 - ) worked as an applied mathematician for the U.S space program in 1960s.

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