Science Spectrum Magazine and Career Communications Group, Inc. have selected
50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science 2004

On September 17, 2004 at a conference in Nashville Tennessee, Science Spectrum announced (pdf) the

50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science 2004

According to the editor, these individuals (listed below) were chosen based on their "lifelong work in making science part of global society." The magazine has extremely limited information on all but a handful of this group; therefore, we have conducted a search for more data. The links are to employment web pages, or personal web pages, or web pages from third parties. All were found via a simple search on Google which was made easy as several had been chosen in previous years as Most Important Black Engineers.

If there is no link exhibited, then we found none within the first 50 hits of our search. I placed an asterisk when there was insufficient information to narrow my search.

James R. Andrade, Ph.D.

Senior Director Research and Development, Meals Division and Growth

Kraft Foods North America

Sharon J. Barnes

Human Resources Manager

The Dow Chemical Company

Vernol Battiste

Education and Outreach Manager,Principal Investigator

NASA Ames Research Center

Guion S. Bluford Jr., Ph.D. 2


Aerospace Technology Group

George R. Carruthers

Senior Astrophysicist

Naval Research Laboratory, Space Science Division

Marjorie Davis

Senior Principal

SRA International, Inc.

Mark E. Dean, Ph.D.

IBM Fellow and Vice President

IBM Corporation

Peter J. Delfyett, Ph.D.

Professor of Optics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics

College of Optics and Photonics: CREOL and FPCE - University of Central Florida

Darnell E. Diggs, Ph.D.

Research Physicist

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Arnold W. Donald

Chairman of the Board

Merisant Company

Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, M.D.

Vice President, U.S. Medical

Pfizer Inc.

Philip Emeagwali

Computer Scientist

Emeagwali Research

Roscoe C. Giles, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Boston University

Donald E. Goodwin

Vice President - Scientific Laboratories and Proving Grounds

DaimlerChrysler Corporation

Johney B. Green Jr., Ph.D.

Group Leader - Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Coolidge Hamlett Jr.

Director, Flight Information Systems Division

NAVAIR Depot Cherry Point

Paula T. Hammond, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mary S. Harris, Ph.D.


BioTechnical Communications, Inc.

* William Hogan

Chairman and CEO

The Hogan Group

Kerrie Holley

Distinguished Engineer

IBM Corporation

Freeman A. Hrabowski III


University of Maryland, Baltimore County

* Roychelle S. Ingram-Ogunwumi, Ph.D.

Senior Development Scientist

Corning Incorporated

Shirley A. Jackson, Ph.D.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Leroy Jones

Manager of Regulatory Engineering

Dell Inc.

Kevin T. Kornegay, Ph.D.

Director, Cornell Broadband Communications Research Laboratory

Cornell University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jean-Yvon Lauriston

Computer Scientist, Principal

Computer Sciences Corporation

* Julius L. Longshore

E-2/C-2 Product Build Integrated Product Team Director

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems

Shirley M. Malcom, Ph.D.

Head, Education and Human Resources

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wayne J. Martin, Ph.D.

Environmental Scientist,Technical Group Manager

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jesse W. McCurdy

Director, Integrated Systems Evalulation, Experimentation and Test Department


Oliver McGee, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science

Ohio State University

Vincent M. McNeil, Ph.D.

Senior Technologist, Worldwide DSP Products, Advanced Architectures and Chip Technology

Texas Instruments Incorporated

Percy A. Pierre, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michigan State University

Derrick H. Pitts

Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Programs Director, Senior Scientist

Franklin Institute Science Museum

Myrtle S. Potter

President, Commercial Operations

Genentech, Inc.

Marquita M. Qualls, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development


Melvin R. Ramey, Ph.D., P.E. 2

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California, Davis

Barbara A. Sanders

Director of R&D Engineering, Advanced Development Delphi Thermal and Interior Systems

Delphi Corporation

Bobby Satcher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Northwestern University Medical Center

Mission Specialist, NASA

John B. Slaughter, Ph.D.

President and CEO


Arnold F. Stancell, Sc.D.

Emeritus Professor, Turner Servant Leadership Chair

Georgia Tech, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

James H. Stith, Ph.D.

Vice President, Physics Resources Center

American Institute of Physics

John D. Terry, Ph.D.

Director of Baseband Systems Engineering

WiQuest Communications, Inc.

Lydia W. Thomas, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mitretek Systems, Inc.

Neil D. Tyson, Ph.D.

The Frederick P. Rose Director, Hayden Planetarium

American Museum of Natural History

Woodrow Whitlow Jr., Ph.D.

Deputy Director

NASA Kennedy Space Center

Gina P. Wilkerson, D.V.M.

Director, Veterinary Medicine

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Carlo K. Williams, Ph.D.

Development Scientist

Corning Incorporate

Luther S. Williams, Ph.D.

William T. Kemper, Director of Education and Interpretation

Missouri Botanical Garden

Scott W. Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

University at Buffalo, State University of New York



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