ACS Honors African Americans in the Chemical Sciences
ACS celebrates the achievements and contributions of African Americans who overcame great odds to pioneer some of the most important discoveries and developments in our history.
Scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor, who developed hundreds of new uses for agricultural crops.
Renowned surgeon and educator, Drew pioneered the American blood banking system.
A pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs whose research laid the foundation for human hormone production.
Rillieux’s multiple-effect evaporator invention revolutionized sugar processing, an early feat in chemical engineering.
First African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, Daly worked to increase minorities in medical schools.
First African American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry who left an impressive teaching legacy at black colleges.
Gifted chemist who invented a number of ways to preserve food and amassed numerous patents used today.
The first African American president of the American Chemical Society, he founded Riverside Research Laboratories.
The first African American to participate in a major new-element program, Harris co-discovered elements 104 and 105.
Dr. Cooper has several patents in development of heat-resistant fluorine rubber compounds used to seal jet engines.
This distinguished educator became the second African American elected president of ACS.
American chemist, mathematician, and educator was one of the first African American women to gain degrees in chemistry and math.
Led a team that exposed the common substance in Krebiozen, a controversial alternative drug promoted as anti-cancer.
Founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. Invented Cataract Laser Probe.