GBN’s Daily Drop: Dr. Saint Elmo Brady, the 1st African American Person to Earn a Chemistry Ph.D. in the U.S. (LISTEN)

by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)

Today’s GBN Daily Drop podcast is about Dr. Saint Elmo Brady, the first African American person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, based on the Monday, March 14 entry in the “A Year of Good Black News” Page-A-Day®️ Calendar for 2022:

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Hey, this Lori Lakin Hutcherson, founder and editor in chief of, here to share with you a daily drop of Good Black News for Monday, March 14th, 2022, based on the “A Year of Good Black News Page-A-Day Calendar” published by Workman Publishing.

Dr. Saint Elmo Brady was fired up in 1916 when he became the first African American person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Dr. Brady was published three times in Science magazine, taught at Tuskegee Institute, then taught at Howard University – where he built and chaired the Chemistry department.

He took that same position as Chemistry chair at HBCU Fisk University and was there for 25 years. In 2019, Dr. Brady was honored with a National Historic Chemical Landmark at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

To learn more about Dr. Brady, you can watch the short documentary Twenty Whites and One ‘Other’, read about his contributions to chemistry on the American Chemical Society website,, or if you are science-minded or just totally brave and curious, check out Dr. Brady’s work entitled The Scale Influence of Substituents in Paraffine Monobasic Acids, the Divalent Oxygen Atom: Thesisavailable on Amazon.

Links to these and other sources provided in today’s show notes and in the episode’s full transcript posted on

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[photo: Saint Elmo Brady circa 1910 via]