This Man Was Nicknamed “The Negro Einstein” At Harvard University. Here’s Why

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Not very much is known of his early childhood in New Orleans,but what is known are the achievements he would make in the later years to come. Born to Louis Victor & Alice Saucier Alexis,he was educated in the local schools where he excelled academically. Lucien was determined to attend Harvard University. Not having the finances to do so,he began working in 1907 (at the age of twenty) as a railway mail clerk, saving for the education he so desperately desired.
By the time he reached twenty-seven he had set aside enough money for four years of college. He applied and was accepted at Harvard but was asked to attend (for one year) Philllips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire,a prestigious preparatory high school. While at Exeter,he lived in the home of Mr.H.F.Quimby and soon developed a keen interest in foreign languages and the sciences. By now he had had only enough money for three years upon entering Harvard,so he managed by graduating “cum laude” a year early (1917). It was there,at Harvard,that he earned the nickname: “The Negro Einstein.”

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  • M.B. August 17, 2016 - 5:45 pm

    Lucien Victor Alexis

  • Lyndia Black September 21, 2018 - 10:14 pm

    What made him an Einstein? What kind of science did he excel in? How many languages did he speak? Did he teach at Harvard or another university? Details, makes history interesting.

  • Lisa November 26, 2018 - 12:43 pm

    This piece left out some information.

  • deanna November 28, 2018 - 3:14 am

    yes what made this man unique?

  • Johnny December 25, 2018 - 9:38 am

    Google it

  • MrG May 24, 2019 - 4:03 am

    Not an Einstein.
    Maybe an Einstein among negroes.
    Einstein received a Nobel Prize.
    Of 892 Nobel Prizes only 12 have been awarded awarded to blacks.
    8 for Peace
    3 for Literature
    1 for Economics.

  • ASH July 30, 2019 - 11:35 am

    Your “”slip” is showing.