Black History Spotlight: Dr. Edward Bouchet



Edward Bouchet was the son of a former slave who moved from New Haven, CT. During that time only three institutions were accepting African-American students, therefore educational opportunities were limited. Bouchet surmounted above this obstacle and was accepted to Yale. He was the first African American to earn a PhD and only the 6th American of any race  at that time to obtain a PhD in physics. Segregation prevented him from attaining the kind of position he should have been able to get with his outstanding credentials (6th in his graduating class), he taught for 26 years at the Institute for Colored Youth, serving as an inspiration to generations of young African-Americans. Mr. Bochet is proof that if you put your mind to something, anything is attainable!

2 thoughts on “Black History Spotlight: Dr. Edward Bouchet

  • February 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    what a great piece www!…although I have to take you to task on one of the lines from your post. When you say “Segregation prevented him from attaining the kind of position he should have been able to get with his outstanding credentials”… are you implying that teaching at a black institution is inferior? Is the implication that Dr. Bouchet had to accept a post that was “inferior” to a person of his intellect? Or that he was a victim of circumstance and chose to teach at this black school because of limited options?

    I hope this is not what you were trying to convey waitwaitwhut because I see no reason why someone of Dr. Bouchet’s talent would NOT go on to teach black youths. What is wrong with that? You made it sound like a negative in this post. It’s sad that blacks today have been so oppressed that we believe the lies about our people and our abilities. More Dr. Bouchet’s need to come back and teach black youths instead of squandering their talents teaching and advancing white youths. I have a Newsflash: White people don’t need more Dr. Bouchet’s teaching their children. They are doing a great job of taking care of their own children.

    Anyway, I sincerely hope I misinterpreted your statement because I have known many successful and ridiculously talented black people to be educated at black institutions. I’m talking pioneers in business, science, technology and internet weblogs.

    • February 3, 2014 at 12:05 am

      You misinterpreted our statement, that’s not at all what we meant. We would never imply that teaching at HBCU was inferior as our founder and creator attended an HBCU. We simply meant that segregation prevented Dr. Bouchet from gaining the recognition he deserved for his fantastic achievements. It’s a great thing that he taught at a predominately black institution. We wish more would come back and teach black youths. Seeing as how there is a systematic plan to eradicate all HBCU’s because some feel there is no need for them. This is incorrect! There is more of a need for them now than ever. I think our wording was misinterpreted. Hear us and hear us good more Black PhD’s need to come back and teach at HBCU’s. HBCU’s are fine institutions of learning that have created and are creating leaders.


Whut, say you?