7 Black Innovators and Inventors in STEM Fields Who Blerds Should Know


Name: Dr. Stephon Alexander

Expertise: Theoretical Physics and Cosmology

Contribution to Science: The Trinidadian-born scientist holds a doctoral degree from Brown University. At the Ivy League institution, he honed his skills as a theoretical physicist.

In 2006, Alexander was honored as one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers based on his research exploring the interface between early universe cosmology and gravitational theory.

Alexander is not only a brilliant physicist, but he is also a jazz saxophonist who attributes his passion and understanding of science to his love for the complex and unique musical genre. He continues to teach theoretical physics at Haverford College.


Name: Dr. Lisa Stevens

Expertise: Zoology

Contribution to Science: She is the former manager of the Giant Panda Program at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. She managed the program for over 20 years. Stevens is best known for caring for the great pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, donated to the Smithsonian in 2001.

The two pandas were a gift to the zoo from China through the Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding agreement. The agreement has extended the program until 2015. The purpose of the program is to save giant pandas from extinction.

Stevens was reported as holding the title of curator of the primates at the National Zoological Park.

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