Dr. Clarence “Skip” Ellis

Dr. Clarence “Skip” Ellis is the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in computer science.

Degree(s): Math, Physics, Computer Science

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Undergraduate Institution: Beloit College

Graduate Institution: University of Illinois

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Photo Credit: University of Illinois

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Dr. Clarence “Skip” Ellis is the first Black person to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first Black person to become a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He served as a professor and visiting lecturer at universities and research centers across the United States and internationally, including Paris, Accra, and Taiwan.

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