The Physicists

We appreciate that the definition of a physicist is broader than the old definition of “only those have physics degrees”, particularly in the current multidisciplinary academic landscape. This page includes all of the African American women with PhDs who identify as physicists. In some cases, a person may have a degree in Electrical Engineering or Physical Chemistry, but the science that she does is physics. If they participate in the physics community and identify themselves as physicists—we include them on this page.

We have also included 4 pioneers—women who due to various circumstance did not finish their PhD, but studied advanced physics before 1980.

If you believe that you or someone you know should be included on this list, if you have a correction or update, or if you’d like to be removed please contact us using the link above.

GraduatedNameFieldGrad SchoolUndergradEmployerLink
1940 [BS]Katherine G. Johnson PhysicsWest Virginia State (BS) (attended graduate school in the 1940s)NASA (Retired)
1951Carolyn Beatrice ParkerPhysicsMichigan (MS, mathematics, 1941), Harvard (MS, Physics, 1951)FiskDeceased
1971 [MS]Hattie Carwell Health PhysicsRutgersBennettUS Department of Energy (Retired)
1972Willie Hobbs MoorePhysicsUniv. of MichiganUniv. of MichiganFord (Deceased)
1973Shirley Ann JacksonPhysicsMITMITRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1973Anna J. CobleBiophysicsUniv. of IllinoisHoward Univ. (Deceased)
1974Arlene P MaclinPhysicsHoward Univ.North Carolina A&T State Univ.MAC-CAE Program / Morgan State Univ.
1974 [MS]Francine Wright Bellson *PhysicsMITMusic Manager
1975Muchere C. RussPhysical ChemistryUniv. of PittsburghHoward Univ.IBM and Huston-Tillotson Univ. (Retired)
1976Sigrid McAfeePhysicsNYU-PolyVassar CollegeRutgers Univ.
1976Janet Smith-KintnerPhysicsUniv. of MinnesotaGrinnellCornell Univ. (Deceased)
1977Elvira WilliamsPhysicsHoward Univ.NC centralShaw Univ.
1977 [MS]Patricia Canty Wyatt PhysicsMITEmmanuel CollegeGeneral Electric (Deceased)
1978 Marlene H.P. McKetty Medical PhysicsUniversity of FloridaUniv of Wisconsin
1980Deborah JacksonPhysicsStanford Univ.MITNational Science Foundation
1981Barbara A. WilliamsRadio AstronomyUniv. of MarylandUniv of NCUniv. of Delaware (retired)
1985Nola HyltonApplied PhysicsStanford Univ.MITUniv. of San Francisco
1986Mercedes RichardsAstronomyUniv. of TorontoUniv of West IndiesPenn State Univ.
1986Mary JamesApplied PhysicsStanford Univ.Hampshire CollegeReed College
1987Willetta Greene-JohnsonPhysicsUniv. of ChicagoStanford Univ.Loyola Univ. Chicago
1989Fay MarksPhysicsStanford Univ.Swanlight Organization
1990Cynthia R. McIntyrePhysicsMITCouncil on Competitiveness
1990Theda Daniels-RaceElectrical EngineeringCornell Univ.Rice Univ.Louisiana State Univ.
1991Reva WilliamsAstrophysicsIndiana Univ. BloomingtonNorthwestern Univ.Bennett College and Univ. of Florida
1993Evelyn HammondsHistory of ScienceMITSpelman CollegeHarvard (retired)
1993Chantale DamasApplied PhysicsUCSDRensselaerMedgar Evers College
1993Claudia AlexanderSpace PhysicsUniv. of MichiganUC BerkeleyJPL (Deceased)
1994Shelia Nash-StevensonPhysicsAlabama A&M UniversityAlabama A&M UniversityNASA
1994Meredith WilliamsPhysicsNC State Univ.YaleCalifornia EPA
1995Zelda GillsOpticsGeorgia TechSouthern UniversityLockheed Martin
1996Alicia Clay-JonesChemical PhysicsUC DavisLoyola Univ. New OrleansGE Capital and Loyola Univ. New Orleans
1996Gillian Reynolds-TitkoPhysicsMITHunter College of CUNYDupont
1997Pamela BlakesleePhysicsMITUniv. of ChicagoWashington State Univ.
1997Martha GilmorePlanetary ScienceBrown Univ.Franklin & MarshallWesleyan
1997Jarita HolbrookAstronomy & AstrophysicsUCSCCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUniv. of Western Cape (S. Africa)
1997Njema J. FrazierPhysicsMichigan State Univ.Carnegie Mellon UniversityNational Defense Univ.
1998 Donna Washington StokesPhysicsUniv. of HoustonSouthern Univ.Univ. of Houston
1998Beth BrownAstronomyUniv. of MichiganHoward Univ.NASA (Deceased)
1998Apriel HodariPhysicsHampton Univ.Purdue UnivCenter for Naval Analysis
1998Florence Egbe-EtopPhysicsHampton Univ.Bowie State Univ.
1999Dara NormanAstronomyUniv. of WashingtonMITNOAO
1999Marta Dark McNeesePhysicsMITUniversity of VirginiaSpelman College
2000Sandra BrownCondensed MatterMITMcCarter and English Attorneys at Law
2000 Denise Brown-AndersonOptical MaterialsUABCenter for Naval Analysis
2000Helen MajorOptics/Plasma PhysicsHoward Univ.Lincoln Univ. (PA)
2000Kharissia PettusPhysical ChemistryUC San DiegoUniversity of VirginiaFreelance Science Writer
2000Ruth D. JonesPhysicsAlabama A & M Univ.NASA Glenn Research Center
2001Anouk ShambrookAstronomy & AstrophysicsUCSCSmartStrategies
2001Andrea StithBiophysicsUniv. of VirginiaUniv. of Colorado at Boulder
2001Trina ColemanTheoretical Nuclear PhysicsHampton Univ.Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC
2001Erica ThompsonOptical PhysicsHampton Univ.Califormia Institute of Technology
2001Letemeskel AsfawPhysicsKent State Univ.Addis Ababa Univ.Hope Univ. College in Addis Ababa
2001Windy HintonNuclear PhysicsHampton Univ.Norfolk State
2002Tabbetha DobbinsMaterials Science and NanosciencePennsylvania State Univ.Lincoln Univ.Rowan Univ.
2002Carol ScarlettPhysicsUniv. of MIchiganFlorida A & M Univ.
2002Kandis Lea JessupAstrophysicsUniv. of MichiganSWRI
2002Aziza BaccoucheNuclear PhysicsUniv. of MarylandAZIZA Productions, Inc.
2002Alicia UzzleNuclear and Applied PhysicsHampton Univ.Apprentice School (Newport News VA)
2003Laura Ariel PhillipsAstrophysicsPrincetonMcGill (Canada)Notre Dame
2003Tracee Jamison HooksElectrical EngineeringNorth Carolina A & THoward Univ.NASA Goddard
2003Elaine LalanneApplied PhysicsNJIT/Rutgers-NewarkUniv. of Maryland, Baltimore County
2003Althea G. BluiettPhysicsHampton Univ.Elizabeth Univ.
2003Rene BaggottPhysicsHampton Univ.Hampton Univ.
2004Lisa DysonPhysicsMITCEO Kiverdi
2004Vernessa EdwardsPhysics-Optics/LasersAlabama A & M Univ.Alabama A&M Univ.
2004Adrienne Stiff-RobertsPhysicsUniv. of MichiganDuke Univ.
2004Aisha FieldsOpticsAlabama A & M Univ.Hampton Univ.West African Development Project
2004Nadya MasonPhysicsStanford Univ.Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2004Sophia SuarezCondensed Matter PhysicsCity Univ. of New YorkBrooklyn College
2004Kim LewisApplied PhysicsUniv. of MichiganRensselear Polytechnic Institute
2004Kristina WoodsPhysicsStanford Univ.CMU
2005Maritza Tavarez-BrownAstronomyUniv. of MichiganForest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
2005Shannon WatsonExperimental Condensed MatterWillam and MarryNIST
2006Kandice TannerPhysicsUIUCNational Cancer Institute
2006Shavesha RutledgeAnalytical ChemistryAmerican UnivAlabama A&M Univ.Cyfor Technology
2006Angelina AmadouPhysicsHoward Univ.Univ. Abdou Moumouni, NigerHoward Univ.
2006Ayana Holloway-ArceExperimental High Energy PhysicsHarvardDuke Univ.
2006Desiree JanghaNuclear and Radiological Physics-Health PhysicsGeorgia TechHampton Univ.AlantiCare
2006Andrea SealyAtmospheric ScienceHoward Univ.Jackson State Univ.Caribbean Institute for Meterology and Hydrology
2007Tennille PresleyBiophysicsOhio State Univ.North Carolina A&T State Univ.Winston Salem State Univ.
2007LaQuieta HueyPhysicsAlabama A&MGramblingNASA Marshall Space Flight Center
2007Jami M. ValentineCondensed Matter PhysicsJohns Hopkins Univ.Florida A&M Univ.U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
2007Marty BaylorPhysicsUniv. of Colorado BoulderKenyon CollegeCarleton College
2007Angela Osterman MeyerAstronomyGeorgia StateGeorgia TechCulver Academies
2008J Bianca JacksonApplied PhysicsUniv. of MichiganColumbia Univ.General Dynamics
2008Cecille LabudaPhysics-AcousticsUniv. of MississippiUniv. of Mississippi
2008Telana JacksonEngineering ElectrophysicsMorgan State Univ.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2009Taviare HawkinsPhysicsSyracuse Univ.Univ. of Iowa in Iowa CityUniv. of Wisconsin La Crosse
2009Kelly NashPhysicsUTSADillardUTSA
2009Delonia WigginsPhysicsFlorida A & M Univ.Broward College
2009Vanessa CohenAstronomyUniv. of MarylandUniv. of Missouri-St. LouisGarrison Forest School
2009Tonia VentersAstronomy and AstrophysicsUniv. of ChicagoNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2010Candice EtsonBiophysicsHarvardHunter College of CUNYWesleyanåÊ
2010Nia ImaraAstrophysicsUC BerkeleyHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2010Renata Afi Rawlings-GossBiophysicsUniv. of MichiganUniv. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2010Fana Mulu MoorePhysicsAlabama A & M Univ.CSPAR Univ Alabama Huntsville
2010Nantanette CraigPhysicsFlorida A & M Univ.NHMFL
2010Chanda Prescod
Theoretical CosmologyUniv. of WaterlooMIT
2010 (MS)Jessica A Harris PhysicsFisk UniversityGrambling State UniversityNational Radio Astronomy Observatory
2011K. Renee HortonMaterial ScienceUniv. of AlabamaLouisianna State Univ.NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
2011Yvonne EdmondsPhysicsStanford Univ.McKesson
2011Rachel McKinseyMedical PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonSouthern Univ.e+CancerCare
2011Jennifer BlumPhysicsUniv. of MichiganColumbia Univ.United States Department of Defense
2011Monika Schleier-SmithPhysicsMITHarvardStanford
2011Chieze Ibeneche-NnewihePhysicsUT AustinUT AustinRA Capital
2011Adrienne BlockGeoPhysicsColumbiaOhio StateChevron
2011Jasmine D. CrenshawMat Sci Eng-BiomaterialsUniv of FloridaNorth Carolina A & T State Univ.HHMI
2012Nneka WilliamsStructural Geology and GeophysicsCal TechCalifornia Institute of TechnologyChevron
2012Taeyjuana CurryPhysicsUniv. of MichiganUniv. of Maryland, Baltimore County
2012Hadiyah Nicole GreenPhysicsUABAlabama A&M Univ.Tuskegee Univ.
2012Lauren Denkins-TaffePhysicsHoward Univ.Howard Univ.Dept of Defense
2012Melissa Harrison FortunaMaterials ScienceVanderbiltXavierIntel
2012Trivia FrazierBiomedical PhysicsTulane Univ.Dillard Univ.Dillard Univ.
2012Serena EleyPhysicsUIUCCalifornia Institute of TechnologyLos Alamos National Lab (Post doc)
2012Nicole CampbellApplied PhysicsUniv. of MichiganUT ArlingtonRaytheon Missile Systems
2013Cynthia PrudenceApplied mathUniv. of Rhode IslandUniv. of Rhode IslandUniv. of Rhode Island
2013Lauren PorterPhysicsUS Santa CruzCalifornia Institute of TechnologyGroupon
2013Lynnae QuickEarth and Planetary ScienceJohns Hopkins Univ.North Carolina A&T State Univ.NASA Goddard
2013Monique WalkerPhysicsHoward Univ.NASA Post-doctoral Fellow
2014JessicaFreemanPhysicsHampton Univ.Hampton Univ.Stratford
2014Fabienne BastienPhysics/AstroVanderbiltBS UMCP; MS FiskPennsylvania State Univ.
2014Helen C. JacksonApplied Physics (Nuclear)Air Force Inst TechTennessee StateBrookhaven and CEO of ElectroGenesis
2014Vera LogginsNuclear PhysicsWayne State Univ.Univ. of Detroit MercyPost Doc U Michigan
2014Jedidah IslerAstrophysicsYale Univ.Norfolk State Univ.Post Doc Vanderbilt
2014Bernadette CogswellPhysicsVanderbiltFlorida State Univ.Post Doc Princeton
2014Aomawa ShieldsAstronomy and AstrobiologyUniv. of WashingtonMITUniversity of California, Irvine
2015Julie DumasPhysicsRPIVanderbilt
2015Leslie UptonApplied PhysicsUniv. of MichiganNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2015 Crystal Bray
Applied PhysicsStanford UniversityUniversity of California, BerkeleyTailored Brands
2015Staci BrownPhysicsFlorida A & M Univ.Florida A & M Univ.Pacific Northwest Labs
2015Gayle RatliffPhysicsIllinois Institute of TechologyFlorida State Univ.Adler Planetarium
2015Ivy Krystal JonesPhysicsHampton Univ.Tuskegee Univ.Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2015Cacey StephensPhysicsUniv. of ChicagoSouthern Univ.Post Doc Duke Univ.
2015Myriam TelusGeology and GeoPhysicsUniv. of Hawaii-ManoaUniv of ChicagoHawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology
2015 Patrice Edwards PhysicsFlorida A&M Univ.College of Coastal Georgia
2016Jasmine OliverApplied PhysicsUniv. of South FloridaSouth Carolina State Univ.UF Health Cancer Center (Orlando)
2016Sherita MosesApplied PhysicsAlabama A & M Univ.Andrews UniversityLoyola Univ. Chicago
2016Whitney IngramPhysicsUniv. of Georgia
2017Mareena Robinson SnowdenNuclear Science and EngineeringMITFlorida A&M UniversityNNSA
2018Jessica Nicole EsquivelPhysicsSyracuse UniversitySaint Mary’s University of San Antonio TXPostdoctoral Research Associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
2018 Candace HarrisPhysicsFlorida A&M Univ.SpelmanLLNL
2018Erin G. CoxAstronomyUniversity of IllinoisUniversity of ArizonaNorthwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)
2021Delilah GatesPhysicsHarvardUMCP
2020Eileen GonzalesPhysics CUNY Graduate Center (PhD), San Francisco State (MS)Michigan StateCUNY Graduate Center
2021Amber LenonPhysicsWVUSyracuse
Graduate StudentLaNell WilliamsPhysicsHarvard UniversityWesleyan
Graduate StudentOlivia McAuleyPhysicsBryn MawrUNC-Chapel Hill
Graduate StudentCharlezaetta E. StokesPhysicsHoward Univ.
Graduate StudentBianca LanePhysicsJHUHampton Univ.USPTO detail
Graduate StudentErica Morgan-WestPhysicsFlorida A & M Univ.
Graduate StudentKalisa VillafanaNuclear PhysicsFlorida StateFlorida A & M Univ.
Graduate StudentKatrina MillerPhysicsUniv. of ChicagoDuke
Graduate StudentKelsea GillPhysicsSmith CollegeUniversity of Manchester
Graduate StudentSimone BrookesPhysicsNCSU
Graduate StudentBrooke RussellPhysicsYale Univ.Princeton
Graduate StudentMarion GreeneBiomedical PhysicsEast California Univ.Hampton Univ.
Graduate Student Bethlee M Lindor
Astronomy and AstrophysicsUniversity of WashingtonPrinceton University
Graduate StudentMoiya McTierAstrophysicsHarvardColumbia Univ.
Graduate StudentTeresa MonsuePhysicsVanderbilt
Graduate StudentMichelle LolliePhysicsLouisiana State Univ.Indiana Univ. Bloomington
Graduate StudentAnalis Lawrence PhysicsUniversity of FloridaFlorida International University
Graduate StudentJessica TuckerPhysicsFlorida A&M Univ. Eastern Michigan Univ.
Graduate StudentElizabeth AtangPhysicsUniversity of IdahoUniversity of Fort Hare (South Africa)
Graduate StudentJamelle Watson-DanielsPhysicsHarvard UniversityBrown University
Graduate StudentFarrah SimpsonPhysicsBrown UniversityColumbia Univ.

We invite to join our mailing list and receive emails we send out with news, job announcements and networking opportunities

©2022 AAWIP | Powered by Dark Hive

Privacy & Terms of Service

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?