African American Scientists


California Academy of Sciences Library

Web Sites:
Web Sites:
Specific People
Books Audio/Visual


African Americans in History

A site hosted by The Institute for African American Studies listing brief biographical sketches of several key figures in African American history.

African American Odyssey

The exhibition "The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship," showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress.

African American Scientists

A site that compiles the biographies of several African American scientists.

African American Women

The On-line Archival Collections from the Special Collections Library at Duke University featuring the major players in the history of African American women.

African-American Women Inventors

A site dedicated to the memory of African-American women inventors from the African-American Inventors Series.

Biographies of Minority Scientists

The Just/Garcia/Hill Science web site: a virtual community for minorities in science.

Black History Month

Established in 1976, Black History Month is a time to look at the influence of African-Americans in American Culture.

Black History Month

These sites related to Black History Month contain information on African-American history, individuals, and other related topics. The sites listed are just a few of the many about Black History Month.

Celebrate Black History Month

Links to other sites celebrating Black History Month.

Museum of Afro American History

Links to sites focussed on Black history from the Museum of Afro American History in Boston

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WORLD WIDE WEB - Specific People

Banneker, Benjamin Inventor

Blackwell, David Mathematician and games theorist

Carruthers, George Robert, Ph.D. Research physicist and astro scientist

Carver, George Washington, Jr. Inventor, known for plant chemistry

Cobb, Jewel Plummer Biologist and physiologist

Cowings, Patricia NASA scientist

Darden, Christine Aerospace Engineer

Henson, Matthew - Arctic Explorer

Hunt, Dr. Fern Y. Mathematician

Jackson, Shirley A. Theoretical Physicist

Jemison, Mae C. First African American female astronaut

Julian, Percy Chemist

Just, Ernest Zoologist, biologist, physiologist, research scientist

Latimer, Lewis Engineer and inventor

McNair, Ronald Astronaut

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Aliki. A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver. New York: Simon and Schuster Book for Young Readers, 1988. Biodiv Juv S417 .C3 A65.

Anderson, June. Honoring the Ancestors: The Woodcarvings of Claude Lockhart Clark. San Francisco, CA: California Academy of Sciences; Seattle: Distributed by University of Washington Press, 1997. REF CAS Pubs NK9712 .A52 1997.

Bedini, Silvio A. The Life of Benjamin Banneker. New York: Scribner, 1972. M.P. QB36 .B22 B42.

Chocolate, Deborah M. Newton. On the Day I Was Born. New York: Scholastic, c1995. Biodiv Juv E185.86 .C46 1995.

Cox, Clinton. African American Healers. New York: Wiley, c2000. Pub R695 .C69 2000.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad. [New York?]: HarperCollins, c1997. Biodiv Juv E450 .E38 1997.

Ferris, Jeri. Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1989. Biodiv Juv G635 .H4 F47 1989.

Ferris, Jeri. What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1988. Biodiv Juv QB36 .B22 F47.

Flournoy, Valerie. The Patchwork Quilt. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, c1985. Biodiv Juv PZ7 .F667 Pat 1985.

From the Archives. Oakland, CA: African American Museum and Library, 1990. Main Serials E185.93 .C2 F76 1990.

Haber, Louis. Black Pioneers of Science and Invention. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987. Biodiv Juv Q141 .H2 1987.

Johnson, Angela. The Girl Who Wore Snakes. New York: Orchard Books, c1993. Biodiv Juv QL666 .O6 J598 1993.

Johnson, Dinah. Quinnie Blue. New York: Henry Holt, 2000. Biodiv Juv PZ7 .J6316 Qu 2000.

Kimble-Ellis, Sonya. Traditional African American Arts and Activities. New York : Wiley, c2002. Biodiv Juv E185.86 .K56 2002.

Kroll, Virginia. Faraway Drums. Boston: Little, Brown, c1998. Biodiv Juv E185.86 .K76 1998.

Lawrence, Jacob. The Great Migration: An American Story. Washington, D.C.: Museum of Modern Art, 1993. Biodiv Juv E185.53 .A1 L38 1993.

Lester, Julius. Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream. New York: P. Fogelman Books, 2000. Biodiv Juv PZ7 .L5629 Al 2000.

Katz, William Loren. Black Women of the Old West. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1995. Main E185.925 .K375 1995.

Rabitoy, Neil. Women in Science, Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century: A Biographical Dictionary With Annotated Bibliography. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986. Main REF Q141 .O34 1986.

Sammons, Vivian O. Blacks in Science and Medicine. New York: Hemisphere Pub. Corp., 1990. Main REF Q141 .S35 1990.

St. John, Jetty. African-American Scientists: Robert Jones, Reatha Clark King, Walter Massey, Franklyn G. Prendergast, Larry Shannon. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, c1996. Biodiv Juv Q141 .S84 1996.

Steptoe, John. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, c1987. Biodiv Juv PZ8 .S585 Mu 1987.

Stock, Catherine. Where are You Going, Manyoni? New York: Morrow Junior Books, c1993. Biodiv Juv DT2889 .S86 1993.

Stolz, Mary. Storm in the Night. [New York]: HarperTrophy, 1990, c1988. Biodiv Juv PZ7 .S875854 St 1990.

Sullivan, Otha Richard. African-American Inventors. New York: Wiley, 1998. Biodiv Juv T39 .S98 1998.

Sullivan, Otha Richard. African American Women Scientists and Inventors. New York: Wiley, c2002. Pub T39 .S985 2002.

Verheyden-Hilliard, Mary Ellen. Mathematician and Administrator, Shirley Mathis McBay. Bethesda, MD: Equity Institute, 1985. Biodiv Juv QA29 .M38 V47 1985.

Verheyden-Hilliard, Mary Ellen. Scientist and Strategist, June Rooks. Bethesda, MD: Equity Institute, 1988. Biodiv Juv QC16 .R49 V47 1988.

Verheyden-Hilliard, Mary Ellen. Scientist and Administrator, Antoinette Rodez Schiesler. Bethesda, MD: Equity Institute, 1985. Biodiv Juv QD22 .S34 V47 1985.

Wilkinson, Brenda Scott. African American Women Writers. New York: Wiley, c2000. Pub PS153 .N5 W49 2000.

Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Washington, D.C.: National Science Foundation, 1990. Main Q130 .W65 1990.

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Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America. Boston, MA: PBS Video, 1996. (3 cassettes, 114 min each) Pub Q141.B73 1996.

From Dreams to Reality: A Tribute to Minority Inventors. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1986. (26 min.) Pub T39 .F76 1986.

Inventing the Future: African American Contributions to Scientific Discovery and Invention. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1994. (30 min.) Pub T39 .I58 1994.

Tracing the Path: African American Contributions to Chemistry in the Life Sciences. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1994. (18 min.) Pub QD21 .T72 1994.

All materials with call numbers beginning Pub, Pub Juv, Biodiv, or Biodiv Juv are available for loan to Academy members.

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