#OTD-September 15, 1852
Edward A. Bouchet was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the youngest and only son of 4 children to William Bouchet, formerly enslaved in Charleston, South Carolina, and Susan Cooley Bouchet. After migrating from South Carolina to Connecticut, his father, William, became a deacon at #TempleStreetChurch, the oldest African American church in #NewHaven and an Underground Railroad station. Both of Edward's parents were employed at #YaleUniversity- his father was a janitor and his mother washed laundry for the students.
He entered #YaleCollege in 1870 and graduated in 1874. He returned in the fall of 1874 and in 1876, Bouchet earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, becoming the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in physics.
Here's a great quote from Bouchet:
"Optics is an example of the different ways a human is able to see things in the world. The same goes for the color of a person's skin and even though optics present that there are differences in color, these do not state that they should necessarily be treated as different."
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Photographed by Warren (Boston & Cambridgepost, #Massachusetts) circa 1875-1880
In a future post, we'll share a picture of the 2nd African American to get a PhD in Physics, #ElmerSamuelImes