Dr. Alfred O. Coffin

Dr. Alfred O. Coffin was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in biology.

Degree(s): Biology

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Undergraduate Institution:  Fisk University (HBCU)

Graduate Institution:  Fisk University (HBCU), Illinois Wesleyan University

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Dr. Alfred O. Coffin was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in biology. His faculty experience included positions at both Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University) and Wiley College, where he taught both biology and romance languages.

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Fun Fact: Dr. Coffin also published several books on the history of people of Mexico, making him the first Black American to publish scholarly books on Latin Americans.

 

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