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Audra J. Wolfe

protozoologist and microscopist, was born in Palatka, Florida, the son of Lugenia Bryant and Eugene Finley. As a high school student at Central Academy in Palatka, Finley played trumpet for Al Osgood's Hot Five, a local jazz band.

In 1928 he completed a BS in Biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, to pursue graduate work in zoology under the direction of Lowell E. Noland. Although he would eventually return to Madison to finish his PhD, financial pressures forced Finley to leave the university with his master's in 1929. He married Eva Elizabeth Browning on 30 August that same year. They had two children, Harold Eugene and Eva Kathleen.

Finley's teaching career began in the biology department at West Virginia State College, where he served first as an instructor and later as associate professor. In 1938 he returned to ...

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Eric Bennett

Jane Goodall, the daughter of an engineer father and a novelist mother, was born in London, England. She had not received any college training in biology before taking her first trip to Africa as a tourist at the age of twenty-three. She went to Kenya, where she met paleontologist and anthropologist Louis Leakey. Goodall was a passionate amateur natural historian, and Leakey hired her as his assistant. In 1960, with Leakey's help, Goodall established a camp in the Gombe Stream Game Reserve in Tanzania, from which she ventured out each day to observe chimpanzees.

During the early 1960s, with extreme patience and slow progress, Goodall became acquainted with a group of chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika By winning their trust Goodall was able to sit among them observing a hitherto undiscovered complexity of their relationships Goodall learned that chimpanzees maintain specific social ...

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Kate Tuttle

Just was one of the most respected scientists and teachers of his time. Only four years old when his father died, he and his siblings moved with their widowed mother, Mary, from Charleston, South Carolina, to James Island, a nearby Gullah community. There his mother worked in the phosphate fields—typically a man's job—and taught school. Before long, she founded a school in the community, as well as a church, and led local farmers into cooperative business ventures.

Just grew up in an atmosphere permeated by his mother's love of learning and by the natural beauty of James Island. Once he had exhausted the local educational opportunities, his mother helped send him to Kimball Union, a preparatory school in New Hampshire. Arriving in 1900 Just the school s only black student found a rich learning environment and a warm social one He edited the school s yearbook studied classics and ...

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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 ...