Dr. Charles Henry Turner

Dr. Charles Henry Turner was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago.

Degree(s): Zoology

 

Undergraduate Institution: University of Cincinnati

 

Graduate Institution: University of Cincinnati, University of Chicago

 

Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Negro Literature

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Dr. Charles Henry Turner was the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Chicago. He was the first to discover that insects could hear and change their behavior based on past experiences. Over the course of his career, Dr. Turner also taught at Clark Atlanta University.

 

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