Lloyd N. Ferguson

Dr Lloyd N Ferguson has engaged in a lifelong love affair with chemistry.

Dr Lloyd N Ferguson has engaged in a lifelong love affair with chemistry. A teacher for more than 35 years, his imaginative presentation of the subject inspired countless students.

Lloyd Noel Ferguson was born in Oakland, California to Noel Ferguson, a businessman, and Gwendolyn Ferguson, a house maid. Ferguson’s interest in chemistry began when he was a child. He built a shed in his backyard so that he could conduct experiments away from his house. Ferguson graduated from Oakland Tech High School when he was just sixteen. After high school, Ferguson worked with the WPA and soon thereafter, the Southern Pacific Railway Company as a porter to save money to attend college. In 1936, Ferguson became the first in his family to attend college, and he earned his B.S. degree with honors in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 1940. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley in 1943, making him the first African American to do so. While at Berkeley, Ferguson worked with Dr. Melvin Calvin on a national defense project to find a material that would release oxygen for use in a submarine.

In 1945, Ferguson joined the faculty of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He became a full professor of chemistry there in 1955, and in 1958 became the head of the department. Ferguson was instrumental in building the first doctoral program in chemistry at a historically Black college or university. In 1952 he was elected to the prestigious American Chemical Society. In 1965, Ferguson joined the faculty of California State University, Los Angeles, where he chaired the department of chemistry from 1968 to 1971, and received the CSU Outstanding Professor Award in 1974 and 1981. In 1976 Ferguson received the Distinguished American Medallion from the Ameri.can Foundation for Negro Affairs. Ferguson was the only African American to receive an ACS award in chemical education. He published seven textbooks and wrote over fifty journal articles. He helped to develop programs such as Support of the Educationally and Economically Disadvantaged and the Minority Biomedical Research Program that encourage young minority students wishing to pursue higher education and careers in science. In 1972, Ferguson co-founded the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Ferguson has a scholarship named after him at the California State University, Los Angeles.

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