Her Story: Roger Arliner Young

Her Story: Roger Arliner Young
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Roger Arliner Young (1889-1964) was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in zoology in 1940 from University of Pennsylvania. She was also the first African-American woman to research and publish in the field of animal biology during her Ph.D. studies. Young made many scientific contributions stemming from the research she performed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, During her career Young taught at several of universities, including Howard University, Shaw University, North Carolina, North Carolina College for Negroes, as well as at colleges in Louisiana,Mississippi and Texas.

Roger Arliner Young was an African-American pioneer in zoology, it took grit and determination to overcome the racial and gender barriers she faced to achieve this place of honor in history.


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