Poster Series Honors Influential Black Physicists

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Physics major Ana Lyons has created a series of 12 posters in response to renewed conversations about equity and justice in the Physics Department. "I've always loved drawing and painting", she says, "and creating a series of portraits of influential Black physicists seemed a fun way to contribute. Researching all of the amazing physicists in this poster series was such a rewarding experience; I learned so much about a part of physics history that is often overlooked. My hope is that these posters can encourage others to learn about these amazing people, and in some small way, help increase the visibility of Black physicists and their work."

The first 6 are all non-current-working physicists, and the recently completed final 6 are current-working physicists. Each of these 8.5" x 11" posters can be downloaded at print-quality by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Read an interview with Ana Lyons about her work on the posters in the Berkeley Lab News.


Non-Current-Working Physicists

Willie Hobbs Moore: First black woman to earn a PhD in physics

Harry Lee Morrison: UC Berkeley Professor of Theoretical Physics

Claudia Alexander: NASA Geophysicist and Project Manager

Elmer Samuel Imes: Internationally renowned experimentalist

Carolyn Parker: Manhattan Project physicist and mathematician

Edward Bouchet: First black man to earn a PhD in physics


Current-Working Physicists

Anya T. Arce, Professor of Physics, Duke University

Sylvester James Gates, Director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center

Nadya Mason, Professor of Physics, University of Illinois

Nia Imara, Professor of Astronomy, UC Santa Cruz

Peter J. Delfyett, Professor of Optics, ECE, and Physics

Philip W. Phillips, Professor of Physics, University of Illinois