Jewel Plummer Cobb

Dr Jewel Plummer Cobb was born in Chicago to physician Frank and Carrabelle (Cole) Plummer, a schoolteacher.

Dr Jewel Plummer Cobb was born in Chicago to physician Frank and Carrabelle (Cole) Plummer, a schoolteacher. Her grandfather, a freed slave, became a pharmacist, initiating four generations of medical practitioners. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Talladega College in 1944. She earned a Master of Science from New York University in 1947, and was awarded a Ph.D. in cell physiology from New York University in 1950.

Becoming a noted cell biologist was a difficult road for Cobb. She came from an upper-middle-class background, was in constant contact with African American professionals and was well aware of their accomplishments. But because she was African-American, she did face segregation during the course of her education, particularly as a child.

Much of Cobb’s research was focused on the skin pigment melanin, and her most significant research was with testing new chemotherapeutic drugs in cancer cells. The impact of her research is still felt today. From 1960 to 1969, she was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, and from 1969 to 1976 she served as Dean and Professor of Zoology at Connecticut College. Dr. Cobb was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 1974.

She was President of California State University in Fullerton (1981–1990), and in 1991 she became the principal investigator at Southern California Science and Engineering ACCESS Center and Network, which assists middle school and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue a future in the fields of science and engineering.

Cobb is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and many awards, including the Kilby Award for lifetime achievement in 1995. Shortly after retiring, Cobb was named California State University Trustee Professor for its Los Angeles division.

In 2001, Cobb became the principal investigator for Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Up for Youth—ASCEND project at California State University, Los Angeles. She also was named and served as a member of the Caltech Board of Trustees.

A supporter of equal access to educational and professional opportunity, Cobb wrote often about racial and sexual discrimination in the sciences, and raised funds to give more opportunities for minorities to enter into the field.

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