December 20, 2014

Friday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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Thomas L. Jennings (1791–1856) was an African-American tradesman and abolitionist in in New York City, New York. He was a free black who operated a tailoring and dry-cleaning business, and in 1821 was the first African American to be granted a … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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James Edward Maceo West (born February 10, 1931 in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962 while developing instruments for … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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    William H. Richardson In 1889, William H. Richardson patented a more functional baby reversible carriage — meaning the bassinet could be positioned to face both out and in. In addition to modernizing the carriage, … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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This week's open threads have highlighted the accomplishments of several African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists. Today's post is going to focus on the current host of  Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Neil deGrasse Tyson ( born October 5, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Astronomer Derrick Pitts was born on January 22, 1955 in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, Pitts was fascinated by outer space and rockets. After graduating from Germantown Academy, he received his B.S. degree in … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Dr. Beth A. Brown was born in Roanoke, VA in 1969. She liked science because she was always curious about how something worked and why something existed. She participated in science fairs in elementary school and junior high, but although space … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Astronomers and Astrophysicists

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Arthur Bertram Cuthbert Walker, Jr. (August 24, 1936 – April 29, 2001) was a solar physicist and a pioneer of EUV/XUV optics. He is most noted for having developed normal incidence multilayer XUV telescopes to photograph the solar corona. Two of his … [Read more...]