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COMPILED BY: STAFF OF OFFICE OF MINORITY STUDENT INITIATIVES DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY; WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY: Update – 2010


This African American was Duke Universities first Black tenured professor in the sciences?


W. Katherine Okikiolu

X. Arlie Petters

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Wilfrid Gangbo


Ans. X. Arlie Petters


What African American is chiefly interested in the mathematical theory of gravitational lensing and related areas and who has also published 30 papers and a book?


W. Katherine Okikiolu

X. Arlie Petters

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Wilfrid Gangbo


Ans. X. Arlie Petters


In 1998, what African American was awarded the most prestigious award for "young" mathematicians, the three years Sloan Research Fellowship and in 2002; was recipient of the first Blackwell-Tapia Prize?


W. Katherine Okikiolu

X. Arlie Petters

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Wilfrid Gangbo


Ans. X. Arlie Petters


This African American received special distinction in 1997 when she was the first Black to win a Sloan Research Fellowship. Later in 1997, she won the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers for "Innovative research in geometric analysis?


W. Abba Gumel

X. Adebisi Agboola

Y. Trachette Jackson

Z. Katherine Okikiolu


Ans. Z. Katherine Okikiolu

She is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at San Diego?


W. Abba Gumel

X. Adebisi Agboola

Y. Trachette Jackson

Z. Katherine Okikiolu


Ans. Z. Katherine Okikiolu

Graduated second in there class with an A.B. from Harvard University and obtained a mathematics Ph.D. from Oxford University where this person was awarded the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson Prize for his research.

W. Wilfrid Gangbo

X. Abba Gumel

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Adebisi Agboola


Ans. Y. Jonathan Farley


This mathematician is currently publishing at an average of more than three papers a year, and in 2003 was a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University in England?


W. Wilfrid Gangbo

X. Abba Gumel

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Adebisi Agboola


Ans. Y. Jonathan Farley


Which African American earned a Ph.D. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology?


W. Wilfrid Gangbo

X. Abba Gumel

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Adebisi Agboola


Ans. W. Wilfrid Gangbo


Among the twelve papers of this black mathematician, in 1996, The geometry of optimal transportation remains the single publication by a Black in the Mittag-Leffler Institute's Act Mathematics, one of the world's strongest mathematics journals. In 2001 this person was appointed Full Professor by Georgia Institute of Technology.


W. Wilfrid Gangbo

X. Abba Gumel

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Adebisi Agboola


Ans. W. Wilfrid Gangbo

This person is extremely prolific in the areas of Mathematical Biology, Non-linear Dynamical Systems, and Computational Mathematics. Currently he is a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

W. Wilfrid Gangbo

X. Abba Gumel

Y. Jonathan Farley

Z. Adebisi Agboola


Ans. X. Abba Gumel


She was a mathematics major at Arizona State in Tempe. Four years later she earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology. The next five years she had ten articles published and a Sloan Fellowship. Currently, this black mathematician is Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics University of Michigan.


W. Abba Gumel

X. Adebisi Agboola

Y. Trachette Jackson

Z. Katherine Okikiolu


Ans. Y. Trachette Jackson


As a co-founder of CAARMS, the annual Conference for African Americans Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences, in 2001, he became the first tenured African American Mathematician at an Ivy League University. He is Full Professor in Princeton University's department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

W. Nathaniel Dean

X. William Massey

Y. Idris Asssni

Z. Carl Graham


Ans. X. William Massey


Recently moved from Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies to academia in order to strengthen an already strong Applied Mathematics program at Rice University, who is this individual?


W.Nathaniel Dean

X. William Massey

Y. Idris Asssni

Z. Carl Graham


Ans. W. Nathaniel Dean

Currently he is Full Professor of Mathematics and Chairman of Mathematics at the HBCU Texas Southern University in Houston. Nearly half of his 50 publications are in Computer Science.

W. Nathaniel Dean

X. William Massey

Y. Idris Asssni

Z. Carl Graham


Ans. W. Nathaniel Dean


He published 50 papers in a variety of pure mathematics subjects on the way to becoming Professor and Head of Applied Mathematics Department at the University of the North and South Africa.

W. Overtoun M. Jenda

X. Oluwole D. Makinde

Y. Carl Graham

Z. Idris Assani

Ans. X. Oluwole D. Makinde

What Black Masters Mathematician earned his Ph.D. at the age of 22, at the University of Illinois in1941?

W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. W. David Blackwell


In 1965 he became the first African American named to the National Academy of Sciences (he is still the only Black mathematician to be so honored). In 1979 he won the von Neumann Theory Prize (the Operations Research Society of America).


W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. W. David Blackwell


At the age of 13, he entered the University of Chicago. He received his B.S. in Mathematics three and a half years later and at the age of 19 he earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago (1942) for a thesis in the area of Calculus of Variations. He was described in national newspapers as "the Negro genius."


W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. X. J. Ernest Wilkins


What mathematics’ master experienced racism from the AMS (American Mathematics Society)?


W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. X. J. Ernest Wilkins


He has published nearly 100 papers (under 50 in Mathematics), was Assistant Chairman of the Theoretical Physics Department and Assistant Director of the Atomic Division of General Dynamics Corporation. He was the second African American member of the National Academy of Engineers.


W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. X. J. Ernest Wilkins


This Master Mathematician’s major achievements have been the development of radiation shielding against gamma radiation, emitted during electron decay of the Sun and other nuclear sources. He developed mathematical models by which the amount of gamma radiation absorbed by a given material can be calculated.

W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. X. J. Ernest Wilkins


In 1949 at the age of 19, he earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa. By the time he was 23; he produced mathematics for eight published papers, but did not produce a Ph.D. thesis at his graduate school - the University of Chicago.


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid


He published six books and nearly 80 papers in algebra, analysis, mathematical biology, statistics, and topology, and was an undisputed leader in the area of Random Polynomials. With the exception of short stays at many institutions, he spent the majority of his career at Wayne State University in positions from Professor to Chair to Dean.


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid


Which master mathematician has published three books and 190 papers?

W. David Blackwell

X. J. Ernest Wilkins

Y. George O. Okikiolu

Z. James Ezeilo


Ans. Y. George O. Okikiolu


The main thrust of this master mathematicians’ work was the construction of Lyapunov-like functions, which he did elegantly and used to study the qualitative properties of solutions.


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. W. James Ezeilo


He was a pioneer in the use of Leray-Schauder degree type arguments to obtain existence results for periodic solutions of ordinary differential equations.


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. W. James Ezeilo


He published over 200 papers and 5 books. He was honored with an election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society, a rare position limited to .5% of the membership of the society.


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. Y. Ronald E. Mickens


Who was the first African American to receive a faculty position in mathematics at a predominantly white institution - Central College in Cortland County, New York?


W. Charles Reason

X. Benjamin Banneker

Y. Edward Alexander Bouychet

Z. Kelly Miller


Ans. W. Charles Reason


Which individual is often recognized as the first African American Mathematician?


W. Charles Reason

X. Benjamin Banneker

Y. Edward Alexander Bouychet

Z. Kelly Miller


Ans. X. Benjamin Banneker


He was the first African American to study graduate mathematics at Johns Hopkins University.


W. Charles Reason

X. Benjamin Banneker

Y. Edward Alexander Bouychet

Z. Kelly Miller


Ans. Z. Kelly Miller


He was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Science (Physics - Yale University) and only the sixth American to possess a Ph.D. in Physics.


W. Charles Reason

X. Benjamin Banneker

Y. Edward Alexander Bouychet

Z. Kelly Miller


Ans. Y. Edward Alexander Bouychet


What African American wrote the first research paper published in an accredited mathematics journal on two dimensional analysis sites with special reference to the Jordan Curve Theorem, Fundamental Mathematic?


W. Dudley Weldon Woodard

X. William Schieffelin Clayton

Y. Walter R. Tolbot

Z. Ruben R. McDaniel


Ans. W. Dudley Weldon Woodard


He became the second African American to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1928


W. Dudley Weldon Woodard

X. William Schieffelin Clayton

Y. Walter R. Tolbot

Z. Ruben R. McDaniel


Ans. W. Dudley Weldon Woodard


1933 he became the third African American to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania


W. Dudley Weldon Woodard

X. William Schieffelin Clayton

Y. Walter R. Tolbot

Z. Ruben R. McDaniel


Ans. X. William Schieffelin Clayton


He was the first African American to publish in a top research journal: Topological Immersion of Peanian Continua in a Spherical Surface, Annals of Mathematics 35 (1934), 809-835.


W. Dudley Weldon Woodard

X. William Schieffelin Clayton

Y. Walter R. Tolbot

Z. Ruben R. McDaniel


Ans. X. William Schieffelin Clayton

In 1947, at the age of 19, he earned his B.S. degree in mathematics and statistics from Xavier University. In 1948, he earned a MS degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his Ph.D. in 1953 from the same university.

W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. Z. Charles Bell


In 1951 he accepted a position as a Research Engineer with the Douglas Aircraft Company. He remained with Douglas until 1955. He returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Xavier University, as an assistant professor of mathematics and physics for the next two years


W. James Ezeilo

X. Albert T. Bharucha-Reid

Y. Ronald E. Mickens

Z. Charles Bell


Ans. Z. Charles Bell


He earned his B.Sc. in Mathematics at Brown University (1965), a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Nigeria-Nsukka and earned his PhD. in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University (1972).


W. Ethelbert Chukwu

X. Francisco Antonio Doria

Y. Donald Richards

Z. Floyd Williams


Ans. W. Ethelbert Chukwu


From 1984 until 1989, he held several visiting positions at universities in the U.S. However, he became Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University where he remains until today. He has also worked on several research projects for NASA since his membership in the faculty of mathematics at NCSU


W. Ethelbert Chukwu

X. Francisco Antonio Doria

Y. Donald Richards

Z. Floyd Williams


Ans. W. Ethelbert Chukwu


He was awarded the Griot Mathematics Award by the Academy for Pan African Research and Culture. He has over 75 papers and books on various topics from Classical Analysis to Operator Theory and Applied Mathematics- linear and non-linear differential equations, and Mathematical Economics.


W. Ethelbert Chukwu

X. Francisco Antonio Doria

Y. Donald Richards

Z. Floyd Williams


Ans. W. Ethelbert Chukwu


In the two years between is Bachelors degree (1968) and studying graduate mathematics, this Math Professor also trained as a securities analyst with a member of Rio's Stock Exchange. He was also one of the founders of the School of Communications at Federal University


W. Ethelbert Chukwu

X. Francisco Antonio Doria

Y. Donald Richards

Z. Floyd Williams


Ans. X. Francisco Antonio Doria


In two years, he went from an undergraduate degree to a Ph.D. He published numerous papers and in 1987 he joined the Statistics faculty of the University of Virginia, currently and since 1994 he is Chair of the Division of Statistics of the University of Virginia


W. Ethelbert Chukwu

X. Francisco Antonio Doria

Y. Donald Richards

Z. Floyd Williams


Ans. X. Francisco Antonio Doria


By the time he received a B.S. in Mathematics from Morgan State College; he had solved 4 advanced problems in The Mathematical monthly and had co-authored two papers on Non-Associative Algebra with his undergraduate advisor

W. Scott Williams

X. John A. Ewell

Y. Floyd Williams

Z. Earl Barnes


Ans. W. Scott Williams


He founded and led the Black Uhuru Society, which later became Lehigh University's Black Student Union. He earned an M. S. in Mathematics from Lehigh University (1967) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Lehigh University (1969).


W. Scott Williams

X. John A. Ewell

Y. Floyd Williams

Z. Earl Barnes


Ans. W. Scott Williams


In 2004, Science Spectrum Magazine and Career Communications Group, Inc. selected him as one of the
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