Julius H.Taylor: Second African American to Earn Doctorate in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania

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Julius H. Taylor was a professor emeritus from Morgan State University. He was chairperson of the department of physics. Taylor maintained a steady flow of scholarly research publications on X-Ray Diffraction, resistance of Germanium, semiconductors.

He was born on February 15, 1914 in Cape May, New Jersey. Arriving at College with only $50 in savings, he paid his college fees by working odd jobs and playing the trumpet at night. While at Lincoln University, Taylor was a skilled athlete and became the first black to compete in pole vaulting at the Penn Relays. Taylor earned a B.S. (1938) in science from Lincoln University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Solid state physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the second African-American to earn the Doctorate in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has guided many students for their Ph.Ds in physics.

He presented papers at professional meetings and published widely in journals in his field, including Physics Today, The American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher and the American Physical Society. Taylor was a Rosenwald Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

During his composite forty-five years of teaching, mentoring and researching at higher educations, Taylor mentored students in the Baltimore public school system. Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) honored him with Ph.D. in science for his various contributions to education. In 1976, he received a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. Julius Henry Taylor died Aug. 27, 2011 at the age of 97.


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