12 Black Scientists You Should Know Who Are Making an Impact Today

Warren Washington

Atmospheric Scientist, 
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Warren Washington helped pioneer the field of atmospheric computer modeling. Born in Portland, Oregon, Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in meteorology from Oregon State University. After completing his doctorate in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, he joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1963. There, he specialized in computer modeling of the earth’s climate and has helped foster awareness of global climate change. Now, Washington is a senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the NCAR.


Maydianne Andrade

Professor, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

Maydianne Andrade was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated with her parents to Canada when she was 3 years old. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Simon Fraser University and a master of science degree at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She then moved to the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University from which she received a Ph.D. in 2000. She is now professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, where she uses her spiders as models for understanding the evolution of mating behavior.

William M. Jackson

Chemist and Professor, University of California at Davis

William Jackson is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Chemistry Department of the University of California, Davis. He has spent more than 40 years studying the chemistry of comets. Many of these molecules that he has studied are thought to produce the same fragments in comets and in the ozone layer of the stratosphere. He led the international research team that was the first to use the telescope in the IUE (International Ultraviolet Explorer) satellite to observe comets. He still continues to study comets both in his laboratory and through various observations of them with national telescopes.

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