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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Grapefruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1925
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Chemistry Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Grapefruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1925
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Chemist and chemistry professor Albert Antoine was born in New York, New York, on January 14, 1925. His parents, Wilhelmina Marie and Emmanuel Evans Antoine, were natives of the British West Indies. Antoine received his elementary and secondary school education in the New York Public Schools, having attended P.S. 184, Cooper Junior High School and Townsend Harris High School, where he earned his high school diploma in 1941. He went on to earn his B.S. degree from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University. Before earning his Ph.D., Antoine was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and was trained in the Army Specialized Training Program, where he took courses in civil engineering.

In his early career, Antoine taught chemistry at Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1953/1954 school year. In 1954, he became a research chemist at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). Antoine worked at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio where he researched jet and rocket propulsion, fuel efficiency for aircrafts, alternate fuel sources, batteries, and fuel cells. In 1983, Antoine became a senior research associate for Cleveland State University teaching students at the NASA Lewis Research Center.

Antoine was featured in "Black Contributions to the Engineering and Science Fields at NASA Lewis Research Center" and "Blacks in Science: Astrophysicist to Zoologist" by Hattie Carwell. He was also listed in "American Men of Science". Over the years, his professional activities included service on intergovernmental technical review and technical evaluating committees, membership in the American Chemical Society and publishing and lecturing on his research. Antoine also worked with many public service and non-profit organizations, including the Cleveland International Program, the Council for Careers in Science, the Rotary Club, and the Creative Writing Workshop Projects, which was founded by his wife, June Sallee Antoine.

Antoine passed away on August 11, 2017 at the age of 92.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Albert Antoine talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Albert Antoine talks about his father and his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Albert Antoine describes the sights and sounds of his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Albert Antoine talks about the Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Albert Antoine talks about Church culture and his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Albert Antoine remembers his elementary school and junior high school in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Albert Antoine talks about Townsend Harris High School and City College of New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Albert Antoine talks about the quality of his high school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Albert Antoine recalls taking public transportation and going to public libraries
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Albert Antoine talks about becoming interested in chemistry during junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Albert Antoine talks about the effects of living far away from high school and college as a commuter student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Albert Antoine talks about the black college community and being drafted into the military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Albert Antoine talks about the Army Specialized Training Program and studying civil engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Albert Antoine talks about segregation in the United States Army and science and technology in war
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Albert Antoine remembers the 1940s and African American opportunities in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Albert Antoine talks about job opportunities for blacks in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Albert Antoine talks about trying to find work as a black scientist in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Albert Antoine remembers finishing his Ph.D. degree and meeting his wife, June S. Antoine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Albert Antoine talks about teaching at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Albert Antoine talks about working for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Albert Antoine talks about NACA becoming NASA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Albert Antoine describes his work as a chemist at NACA/NASA
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Albert Antoine talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Albert Antoine talks about his grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Albert Antoine shares his love of reading chemical news magazines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Albert Antoine describes his photos