Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science

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Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science offers brief, readable entries that describe the lives and careers of 80 men and 20 women who defied poverty and prejudice to excel in the fields of aviation and space exploration. Each essay begins with birth and death dates, educational institutions attended and degrees earned, positions held, and awards won. A short summary of the individual's contribution to aviation or space science is followed by a biographical narrative divided into three sections: Early Years, Higher Education, and Career Highlights. Often based on the authors' correspondence with the subjects themselves, or with family members, this illustrated volume provides the fullest and most accessible biographical information available for many of these figures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562461
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Series: Distinguished African Americans Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,542,555
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

BETTY KAPLAN GUBERT is the compiler of Invisible Wings: An Annotated Bibliography on Blacks in Aviation, 1916-1993 (Greenwood 1994), among other bibliographies.

MIRIAM SAWYER is director of the Rutherford Public Library, Rutherford, NJ. She received her B.A. from Ohio University and her MLS from State University of New York at Albany.

CAROLINE M. FANNIN is a writer and library administrator. She received a bachelor's degree in writing and literature from Wheaton College, and a master's degree in library service from Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Profiles 1
Allen, George W. 3
Allen, Thomas C. 4
Anderson, C. Alfred 8
Archer, Lee A., Jr. 12
Banning, J. Herman 17
Barnett, Earsly 21
Barnett, F. Carl 24
Bluford, Guion S., Jr. 26
Bolden, Charles F., Jr. 30
Bostic, Ruby L. 33
Bragg, Janet Harmon Waterford 36
Brown, Jesse Leroy 38
Brown, Jill E. 42
Brown, Roscoe C., Jr. 44
Brown, Willa 47
Brown, William E., Jr. 52
Bullard, Eugene Jacques 55
Burns, Isham A. "Rusty" 60
Cagle, Yvonne 63
Carruthers, George R. 66
Cherry, Fred V. 69
Coffey, Cornelius 73
Coleman, Bessie 77
Cowings, Patricia S. 80
Crockett, Woodrow W. 83
Curbeam, Robert L., Jr. 86
Custis, Lemuel R. 88
Darby, Dorothy 91
Darden, Christine Mann 91
Davis, A. Porter 94
Davis, Benjamin O., Jr. 97
DeBow, Charles H., Jr. 102
Deiz, Robert W. 104
Driver, Elwood T. 106
Dryden, Charles W. 109
Dwight, Edward J., Jr. 112
Ericsson-Jackson, Aprille 118
Esquerre, Jean R. 120
Forsythe, Albert E. 124
Freeman, Louis L. 127
Gibbs, Edward A. 130
Gillam, Isaac T., IV 132
Gomer, Joseph P. 134
Goodman, Robert O., Jr. 136
Green, Marlon D. 138
Greene, John W., Jr. 140
Gregory, Frederick Drew, Sr. 142
Hall, Charles B. 146
Harris, Bernard A., Jr. 149
Harris, David E. 152
Harris, Marcelite J. 153
Harris, Wesley L. 156
Haynes, Joseph H. 159
Hollis, Michael R. 162
Hutcherson, Fred, Jr. 165
Jackman, Melva 168
Jackson, Lewis A. 170
James, Daniel "Chappie," Jr. 173
Jemison, Mae C. 176
Jones, Willie "Suicide" 179
Julian, Hubert F. 182
Knighten, James B. 188
LaGrone, Roy E. 191
Lawrence, Robert H., Jr. 193
Lester, Clarence D. 195
Loving, Neal V. 199
Marchbanks, Vance H., Jr. 204
Martin, August 207
McIntyre, Dorothy Layne 208
McNair, Ronald E. 210
Morris, Leslie A. 214
Nash, Grover C. 216
Newton, Lloyd W. "Fig" 218
Ng, Marcella A. 221
Norwood, William R. 224
Peck, James L.H. 227
Petersen, Frank E., Jr. 231
Plinton, James O., Jr. 234
Powell, William J. 238
Pruitt, Wendell O. 242
Purnell, Louis R. 244
Roberts, George S., Sr. 248
Robinson, Brenda E. 250
Robinson, John C. 251
Robinson, Ted W. 255
Ross, Mac 256
Smith-Dunn, Ida Van 259
Spencer, Chauncey 262
Stovall, Emmett 266
Taylor, Carol 268
Terry, Roger C. 271
Tilmon, James A., Sr. 275
Tyus, Shirley 279
Washington, Patrice Clarke 281
Watson, Douglas C. 282
Watson, George, Sr. 285
Wheeler, Warren H. 289
Whitehead, John L., Jr. 291
Williams, Oswald S., Jr. 293
Young, Perry H., Jr. 298
Bibliography 303
Index 305
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