Beating the odds, Elbert F. Cox became the first black man to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1925

Becoming the first black man in history to receive a doctorate in mathematics and the first African American to do so was an extraordinary feat for Elbert Frank Cox, considering the times. In 1925, the year he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University, only 28 doctoral degrees had been awarded in mathematics in the U.S. Records also pointed out that up until that year, only about 50 African Americans had received doctorates of any kind. More about this By becoming the second black student at the time to…

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