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)https://www.nasa.gov/feature/katherine-johnson-the-girl-who-loved-to-count
1971 [MS]Hattie Carwell Health PhysicsRutgersBennettUS Department of Energy (Retired)http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/hattie-carwell
1972Willie Hobbs MoorePhysicsUniv. of MichiganUniv. of MichiganFord (Deceased)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Hobbs_Moore
1973Shirley Ann JacksonPhysicsMITMITRensselaer Polytechnic Institutehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Ann_Jackson
1973Anna J. CobleBiophysicsUniv. of IllinoisHoward Univ. (Deceased)http://www.physics1.howard.edu/people/facultyandstaff_acoble.html
1974Arlene P MaclinPhysicsHoward Univ.North Carolina A&T State Univ.MAC-CAE Program / Morgan State Univ.http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/arlene-maclin
1974 [MS]Francine Wright Bellson *PhysicsMITMusic Manager
1975Muchere C. RussPhysical ChemistryUniv. of PittsburghHoward Univ.IBM and Huston-Tillotson Univ. (Retired)https://www.linkedin.com/in/muchere-russ-b0258a1a
1976Sigrid McAfeePhysicsNYU-PolyVassar CollegeRutgers Univ.https://www.linkedin.com/in/sigrid-mcafee-0022b017
1976Janet Smith-KintnerPhysicsUniv. of MinnesotaGrinnellCornell Univ. (Deceased)
1977Elvira WilliamsPhysicsHoward Univ.NC centralShaw Univ.https://www.amazon.com/Physics-Queen-Authorized-Biography-Louvenia-ebook/dp/B00VHSCLLU
1977 [MS]Patricia Canty Wyatt PhysicsMITEmmanuel CollegeGeneral Electric (Deceased)https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-canty-wyatt-45b258a
1980Deborah JacksonPhysicsStanford Univ.MITNational Science Foundationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahjackson2
1981Barbara A. WilliamsRadio AstronomyUniv. of MarylandUniv of NCUniv. of Delaware (retired)
1985Nola HyltonApplied PhysicsStanford Univ.MITUniv. of San Franciscohttp://profiles.ucsf.edu/nola.hylton
1986Mercedes RichardsAstronomyUniv. of TorontoUniv of West IndiesPenn State Univ.http://www2.astro.psu.edu/~mrichards/
1986Mary JamesApplied PhysicsStanford Univ.Hampshire CollegeReed Collegehttp://www.reed.edu/physics/faculty/james/
1987Willetta Greene-JohnsonPhysicsUniv. of ChicagoStanford Univ.Loyola Univ. Chicagohttps://www.linkedin.com/in/willetta-greene-johnson-29357611
1989Fay MarksPhysicsStanford Univ.Swanlight Organizationhttp://www.swanlight.org/
1990Cynthia R. McIntyrePhysicsMITCouncil on Competitiveness
1990Theda Daniels-RaceElectrical EngineeringCornell Univ.Rice Univ.Louisiana State Univ.http://www.ece.lsu.edu/tdr/index.html
1991Reva WilliamsAstrophysicsIndiana Univ. BloomingtonNorthwestern Univ.Bennett College and Univ. of Floridahttp://astro1.panet.utoledo.edu/~rwilliam/ph/Curriculum_Vita.pdf
1993Evelyn HammondsHistory of ScienceMITSpelman CollegeHarvard (retired)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelynn_M._Hammonds
1993Chantale DamasApplied PhysicsUCSDRensselaerMedgar Evers Collegehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/m-chantale-damas-88597638
1993Claudia AlexanderSpace PhysicsUniv. of MichiganUC BerkeleyJPL (Deceased)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudia_Alexander
1994Shelia Nash-StevensonPhysicsAlabama A&M UniversityAlabama A&M UniversityNASAhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/shelia-k-nash-stevenson-a5432328
1994Meredith WilliamsPhysicsNC State Univ.YaleCalifornia EPAhttps://www.dtsc.ca.gov/InformationResources/Exec/Meredith-Williams-Deputy-Director.cfm
1995Zelda GillsOpticsGeorgia TechSouthern UniversityLockheed Martinhttp://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.4.2571/full/
1996Alicia Clay-JonesChemical PhysicsUC DavisLoyola Univ. New OrleansGE Capital and Loyola Univ. New Orleanshttp://cas.loyno.edu/physics/bios/alicia-clay-jones
1996Gillian Reynolds-TitkoPhysicsMITHunter College of CUNYDuponthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/gillianreynoldstitko
1997Pamela BlakesleePhysicsMITUniv. of ChicagoWashington State Univ.https://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/43295/36889563-MIT.pdf?sequence=2
1997Martha GilmorePlanetary ScienceBrown Univ.Franklin & MarshallWesleyanhttp://mgilmore.faculty.wesleyan.edu/
1997Jarita HolbrookAstronomy & AstrophysicsUCSCCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUniv. of Western Cape (S. Africa)https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarita-holbrook-b6524b1
1997Njema J. FrazierPhysicsMichigan State Univ.Carnegie Mellon UniversityNational Defense Univ.https://www.linkedin.com/in/njema-frazier-2496122
1998 Donna Washington StokesPhysicsUniv. of HoustonSouthern Univ.Univ. of Houstonhttp://nsmn1.uh.edu/dwstokes/
1998Beth BrownAstronomyUniv. of MichiganHoward Univ.NASA (Deceased)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_A._Brown
1998Apriel HodariPhysicsHampton Univ.Purdue UnivCenter for Naval Analysishttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ahodari
1998Florence Egbe-EtopPhysicsHampton Univ.Bowie State Univ.
1999Dara NormanAstronomyUniv. of WashingtonMITNOAOhttp://ast.noao.edu/about/people/norman
1999Marta Dark McNeesePhysicsMITUniversity of VirginiaSpelman Collegehttp://www.spelman.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/physics/faculty/marta-dark-mcneese
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.
2001Erica ThompsonOptical PhysicsHampton Univ.Califormia Institute of Technology
2001Letemeskel AsfawPhysicsKent State Univ.Addis Ababa Univ.Hope Univ. College in Addis Ababahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/letemeskel-asfaw-64637920
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 MichiganSWRIhttp://www.swri.org/iProfiles/ViewiProfile.asp?k=8k8fy01aj15137m
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.https://www.linkedin.com/in/tennille-presley-ph-d-3b3a1113
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.Univ. of Reading
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
2010Jessica A Harris PhysicsFisk UniversityGrambling State UniversityNational Radio Astronomy Observatoryhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-harris-5b45a382/
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
Weinstein
Theoretical CosmologyUniv. of WaterlooMIT
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+CancerCarehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-mckinsey-phd-78962717
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, Irvinehttp://faculty.sites.uci.edu/shields/
2015Julie DumasPhysicsRPIVanderbilt
2015Leslie UptonApplied PhysicsUniv. of MichiganNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2015 Crystal Bray
Applied PhysicsStanford UniversityUniversity of California, BerkeleyTailored Brandshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-bray-64b87392/
2015Eileen GonzalesPhysics CUNY Graduate Center (PhD), San Francisco State (MS)Michigan StateCUNY Graduate Centerhttp://linkedin.com/in/eileengonzales
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.
2015Patrice Jackson EdwardsPhysicsFlorida A & M Univ.
2015Myriam TelusGeology and GeoPhysicsUniv. of Hawaii-ManoaUniv of ChicagoHawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology
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
2016 LaNell WilliamsPhysicsHarvard UniversityWesleyanhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lanell-williams-64a01151/
2017Mareena Robinson SnowdenNuclear Science and EngineeringMITFlorida A&M UniversityNNSAhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mareenarobinsonsnowden
2018Jessica Nicole EsquivelPhysicsSyracuse UniversitySaint Mary’s University of San Antonio TXPostdoctoral Research Associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratoryhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicaesquivelphd
Graduate StudentAmber LenonPhysicsWVUSyracusehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amberlenon
Graduate StudentOlivia McAuleyPhysicsBryn MawrUNC-Chapel Hill
Graduate StudentCharlezaetta E. StokesPhysicsHoward Univ.
Graduate StudentBianca LanePhysicsJHUHampton Univ.USPTO detailhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bianca-lane-b9199ba
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 StudentDelilah GatesPhysicsHarvardUMCPhttps://umdphysics.umd.edu/academics/academic-spotlight/1043-meet-delilah-gates.html
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 Universityhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bmlindor/
Graduate StudentMoiya McTierAstrophysicsHarvardColumbia Univ.http://moiyamctier.weebly.com/
Graduate StudentTeresa MonsuePhysicsVanderbilt

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