In 1937, in an unprecedented move, the University of Chicago admitted a 13-year-old prodigy to its mathematics program. The early enrollment was appropriate given the student’s parents were successful alums of the school from a prominent family that embodied educational achievement and given the early teen, by all accounts, was one of the brightest young minds in the country. Continue reading J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.: ‘Superb Mathematician’ Broke Barriers at Dawn of Atomic Age
George Washington Carver (c. 1864 to January 5, 1943)
- George William Carver was born into slavery during the Civil War. Continue reading 50 Facts About The ‘Wizard of Tuskegee’ – Inventor George Washington Carver
Born December 3, 1922, Ralph Alexander Gardner became one of the leading pioneers in the field of hard plastics. The chemist was born in Cleveland and attended John Adams High School, were he learned to love chemistry. In 1939, he began college at the Case School of Applied Science, which later became part of Case Western Reserve University. Gardner would attend a few different higher institutions until settling down at the University of Illinois, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1943.