STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are more important than ever in today’s contemporary world of tech, but women and minority populations are still grievously underrepresented in these fields. But for hundreds of years now. African Americans have been making incredible contributions as inventors, scientists and engineers.
So do you recognize the scientist in the picture?
It’s George Washington Carver, perhaps the most famous Black scientist, botanist and inventor. Carver, who was born into slavery in Missouri during the Civil War, helped solve the South’s monoculture crop problem after boll weevils decimated the cotton crop at the turn of the 20th century. He invented over a hundred uses for peanuts, making products like paint, plastics, dyes and even gasoline.
Want to learn more? Check out Wikipedia’s list of African American scientists here. You’ll find everything from rocket science to industrial design to neurosurgery and beyond!