Black History Month at S&E

In celebration of Black History Month, the Science & Engineering Library presents a display featuring African American Scientists, Engineers and Inventors of the Past, Present and Future. Using photographs, patents, articles, and biographical information, the exhibit highlights 17 notable men and women. Included, among others, are:


  • Lonnie Johnson, nuclear engineer and inventor of the Super Soaker water gun
  • Ernest E. Just (1883-1941), cell biologist
  • Bessie Blount (1914-1954), inventor of a feeding device for the physically disabled
  • Matthew Henson (1866-1955), Arctic explorer
  • Evan B. Forde, oceanographer
  • Aprille Ericsson, aerospace engineer
  • Mae Jemison, chemical engineer, physician, teacher and first African American woman astronaut
  • David Harold Blackwell, mathematician and recipient of the 1979 von Neumann Prize

Also on display are future Black scientists and engineers: K-6 students at San Diego’s Elementary Institute of Science, and UCSD student members of the National Society of Black Engineers. Please come and visit our exhibit through the end of February and be inspired!

Categories: Exhibits