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African American Scientists

Edward Bouchet (1852-1989)

Edward Bouchet

Image credit: The African Abroad vol II. 1913 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • The son of William Frances and Susan Bouchet, Edward was born in New Haven, CT in 1852
  • He attended New Haven High School, and entered Yale College in 1870.
  • Edward Bouchet became the first African American to graduate from Yale College in 1874.
  • Bouchet was the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from an American university; he earned his doctorate in Physics from Yale University in 1876.
  • He taught chemistry and physics for 26 years at a highly regarded school, the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, held numerous other academic positions, and served as U.S. Inspector of Customs at the Louisiana Purchase Expedition in 1904.