Young, Roger Arliner
- Amy M. Hay
In a profession notoriously inhospitable to African Americans, the life and career of the zoologist Roger Arliner Young showed both the achievement of professional respect and the severe obstacles black women faced as scientific researchers and teachers.
Young attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her PhD in Zoology in 1940, one of a handful of advanced degrees awarded to black women in the sciences before that decade. Despite financial worries, academic pressures, and little institutional stability, Young participated as a researcher at the world-renowned Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and was published in the prestigious journal Science in 1924.
Born in Clifton Forge, Virginia, Young grew up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and attended public schools there. She first went to Howard University in 1916 to study music and took her first zoology class in 1921. Her teacher for this class, Dr Ernest Everett Just ...
A version of this article originally appeared in Black Women in America, 2nd ed.