African American Women Chemists

ISBN : 9780199742882

Jeannette Brown
264 Pages
148 x 215 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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Dr. Marie Maynard Daly received her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1947. Although she was hardly the first of her race and gender to engage in the field, she was the first African American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States. In this book, Jeannette Brown, an African American woman chemist herself, will present a wide-ranging historical introduction to the relatively new presence of African American women in the field of chemistry. It will detail their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African American men, much less African American women. The book contains sketches of the lives of African America women chemists from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960's when the Civil Rights Acts were passed and greater career opportunities began to emerge. In each sketch, Brown will explore women's motivation to study the field and detail their often quite significant accomplishments. Chapters focus on chemists in academia, industry, and government, as well as chemical engineers, whose career path is very different from that of the tradition chemist. The book concludes with a chapter on the future of African American women chemists, which will be of interest to all women interested in science.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. A Historical Background
Chapter 3. Women who were the early pioneers in chemistry
Chapter 4. Dr. Marie Maynard Daly First PhD recipient
Chapter 5. Women in the Academy - Their struggles and successes
Chapter 6. Pioneer Women in Industry and Government Labs
Chapter 7: From Academia to the Board Room and Science Policy
Chapter 8: Chemical Engineers
Chapter 9: My Story
Chapter 10: Stories about Contemporary and future African American Women Chemists

About the author: 

Jeannette Elizabeth Brown is a former Faculty Associate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is the 2004 Societe de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and consistently lectures on African American women in chemistry.

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