The First Black Ph.D Was In Physics

Edward Bouchet was one of the first dozen or so Americans of any ethnicity to receive a PhD in Physics and just the 6th person to do so at Yale, In addition, he was the first African-American to be elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. The American Physical Society sponsors the Edward A. Bouchet Award.  In 2005 Yale, and my alma mater Howard founded the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.


Jim Gates, featured in the previous post, was the first recipient of the American Physical Society’s Edward A. Bouchet Award. Other recipients are in the queue.