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Early Years 1
Raised in Altheimer, Arkansas. Parents’ work. Siblings. Skipping grades in school. Segregated schools. No science classes. Valedictorian.
College Years 6
Attends Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College. Scholarships. Choosing chemistry as major because it was hard. Valedictorian. Commencement picture with Dr. King. Taught in Altheimer schools until Sputnik caused National Science Foundation to establish programs to train science teachers. Kimmel Huggins offers teaching assistantship at Atlanta University. Henry McBay other mentor. Marries. Thesis on butadiene chemistry. Master of Science degree. Teaches at South Carolina State College for a year. Moves to Morehouse College to teach and do research.
Seeking a Doctorate 14
Accepted into University of Chicago’s PhD program. Husband’s music studies. Dissertation research on fluorine-19. Expert on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Leon Stock’s lab. Taking prelims. Unrecognized racism. Types of NMR systems. Thomas Cole. Increasing importance of fluorine. Obtains PhD.
Morris Brown College 27
Dr. King’s death inspires her to work in black college. Begins career as associate professor and chair of chemistry department at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Fuller E. Callaway Professorship. Dean of Academic Affairs. Resumes Callaway Professorship. Continuing research into fluorine-19 chemistry. Patents. Funding. Atlanta University Center Research Committee. Amatadine and other antivirals. Interim president of Morris Brown. Struggling to rebuild Morris Brown.
Other Undertakings 38
Board member of Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Task forces on minorities and women in public television and radio. National Science Foundation’s Women in Science program. Many other boards. Advisory committee to Food and Drug Administration.
Advice to Women 40
Love chemistry. Be committed. Prove yourself.