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Jeremy Rich

Cameroonian doctor and medical researcher, was born on 19 February 1926 in the coastal Cameroonian city of Buea. This region became a part of the country governed by the United Kingdom after Germany lost the colony in World War I. Ngu attended primary school at the Government School in Bamenda and secondary school in Sasse, a town in southwestern Cameroon. He developed an interest in medicine early in life, and he became convinced that he could become a doctor despite the lack of university education opportunities in his homeland. In 1944, Ngu won a prestigious scholarship to attend the Government College in Ibadan, Nigeria. There, he excelled in his studies. In 1948 Ngu demonstrated his intellectual prowess by obtaining a scholarship to study medicine in Ibadan since the public university there had a medical school affiliated with the University of London He went to England to finish his ...


Amy M. Hay

Jane Cooke Wright demonstrates in her life the importance of family, institutions, and the professions to African American women. Wright continued a family tradition, following her paternal grandfather and father in attaining distinction in the medical profession.

Jane Cooke Wright was the first daughter of Louis Tompkins Wright and Corinne (Cooke) Wright. Her paternal grandfather graduated from the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, a school renowned for educating black physicians. Her father went to Harvard Medical School and was one of that institution’s first black graduates. Wright attended private elementary schools in New York City and won a four-year scholarship to Smith College. She swam competitively in both high school and college, setting varsity records at Smith.

She obtained her medical degree, with honors, from New York Medical College in 1945 in an accelerated three year program She completed her internship and residency at Harlem Hospital In ...