Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

18 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source)

Marie M. Daly, Chemist

Marie Daly helped us understand how the body works. Growing up, her family pushed her to succeed in school, leading Daly to receive degrees in STEM subjects from Queens College and New York University. She then went to Columbia to complete her doctorate degree, becoming the first African American woman in the country to get a PhD in chemistry.

After graduating, Daly began researching the connection between high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Her innovative findings helped start a conversation within the medical community about how a person’s diet can affect heart health and the circulatory system. Daly was also an activist who dedicated much of her time to supporting students of color in STEM fields. She even created a scholarship fund in memory of her dad. (source)