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  1. [...] the rest here: Open access: ACS honors African American chemists for Black … Filed Under: ArticlesTagged: absolutely-wonderful, acs, all-facets, black, black-history, [...]

  2. Egon Willighagen
    Feb 08 - 2:10 AM

    Looking from the lack of color photographs, they had to dig deep in US history to find black chemists. That is kinda sad…

  3. Paul
    Feb 08 - 3:47 AM

    Totally agree that the vacant space (12th block) does not look great. Unfortunately, my mind is blank over who should fill it.

  4. Curious Wavefunction
    Feb 08 - 12:48 PM

    If you haven’t seen it already, it’s worth noting the very inspiring and readable story of the Knox brothers published by the Chemical Heritage Foundation and recently documented in Science. As the article says, “That one family should produce almost 7% of all black Ph.D. chemists over a 25-year period is remarkable—especially a family with its roots in the slave-holding South.”

    http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/magazine/articles/28-2-chemical-relations.aspx
    http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2011_01_14/caredit.a1100004

    The Knoxes got their PhDs at MIT and Harvard and went on to make important contributions to organic chemistry at a time when discrimination was still rampant. I am surprised the ACS did not include them.

  5. David Kroll
    Feb 09 - 7:13 AM

    @Curious Wavefunction – Wow! Thank you so much for bringing up the Knox brothers – especially the brand-new Science article by Weininger and Gortler. Their story certainly sounds like the 12th (and 13th) block. I’ll have to go through the links to make this a separate post. Thanks so much.

    But as Egon wrote, these would be another group of chemists in old B&W photos.

    Who wants to drop into the comments their suggestions for current, outstanding chemists of African American heritage?

  6. Sili
    Feb 13 - 4:49 PM

    In a sense making that last block empty prompts us to think about the lack of representation of blacks in academia in a way that we wouldn’t if they’d filled it.

    Even twelve black chemists would have been an embarrassment, but we wouldn’t have been prompted to think about that embarrassment if it hadn’t stood out graphically.

    Or perhaps they really just couldn’t think of a twelfth person …

  7. Sibrina
    May 04 - 1:36 PM

    This is really a good resource. The numbers of African American chemists are small, but there are others that I can think of–Isiah Warner, Bill Jackson, Greg Robinson, Malika Jeffries-El, John Harkless, Valerie Ashby, James Mack, etc.

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