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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1952
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1952
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Physiologist Albert G. Crenshaw was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1952. His father was a construction worker and his mother a domestic worker. Crenshaw did not take to science right away; rather, he attended Chowan Junior College on a basketball scholarship and received his A.A. degree from there in 1973. He then enrolled at West Virginia University and earned his B.A. degree in biology in 1977. Crenshaw went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in physiology and anatomy in 1994 from the University of Umeå. He was the first African American in Sweden to earn a doctoral degree in the medical sciences. Crenshaw’s Ph.D. thesis was entitled, Intramuscular Pressure Techniques for Studying Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

In 1978, Crenshaw moved to San Diego, California and accepted a position as a research technician at the University of California, San Diego in an orthopedic research lab. While there, Crenshaw had the opportunity to study abroad in Gothenburg, Sweden for eight months in a laboratory exchange program. In 1989, he relocated with the lab to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field outside of San Francisco. Following his tenure at NASA, Crenshaw was invited and accepted a position as a Ph.D. student at the University of Umea and graduated in 1994. From 1995 to 1996, Crenshaw served concurrently as a research assistant in the East Hospital department of orthopaedics at the University of Gothenburg and as a research assistant in the department of anatomy at the University of Umea. He was then appointed as an assistant professor of physiology at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life in the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. In 2000, he became an associate professor at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Gavle in Umea, Sweden.

Throughout his career, Crenshaw has contributed over fifty scientific articles to journals such as European Journal of Applied Physiology, Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, Journal of Applied Physiology, and Journal of Orthopaedic Research. NASA awarded him the Certificate of Recognition during tenure as laboratory manager. Crenshaw resides in Umea, Sweden with his wife and two children.

Albert G. Crenshaw was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 21, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his mother's growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his mother's education and employment at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw reflects upon his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree and not a medical degree
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his mother's brief life in Philadelphia, and the break-up of his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Albert Crenshaw talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his parents' marriage and his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Albert Crenshaw describes his earliest childhood memory, of his grandmother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw talks about growing up near Charlottesville, Virginia, and the African American community around him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw talks about attending Union Run Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw describes the sights, smells and sounds of growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw talks about attending school in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his childhood interest in nature and sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his mother's employment after the family moved back to Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his fascination with insects, especially spiders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Albert Crenshaw talks about the lack of a distinct education in science while in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Albert Crenshaw talks about attending the integrated Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and playing basketball there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Albert Crenshaw talks about attending Chowan Junior College in North Carolina, where he played on the basketball team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Albert Crenshaw talks about the mentoring that he received in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his older brother dropping out of school and his mother's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw talks about playing basketball in high school, and his mother's influence on his decision to go to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw talks about attending Chowan Junior College, becoming a father, and developing an interest in biology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw describes his decision to attend West Virginia University and his academic performance there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw talks about the Black Student Union at West Virginia University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw talks about looking for employment in California after graduating from West Virginia University in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw describes his work at the University of California in developing a method for measuring the fluid pressure between muscle fibers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his mentor, Alan Hargens, at the University of California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Albert Crenshaw describes his work with the cardio-thoracic surgery research group at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Albert Crenshaw talks about the applications for his method of measuring the fluid pressure between muscle fibers as well as his research in Sweden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his experience in Sweden of working on nerve regeneration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Albert Crenshaw describes his experience with learning to speak Swedish as well as meeting his wife there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw describes his research on the orthopedic condition known as compartment syndrome
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his return to Sweden in 1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw describes his work on helping NASA astronauts design exercises to prevent muscle degeneration in space - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw describes his work on helping NASA astronauts design exercises to prevent muscle degeneration in space - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw shares his reasons for returning to Sweden in 1990, his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree there, and why he stayed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw describes his doctoral dissertation, entitled 'Intramuscular Pressure Techniques for Studying Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw describes his life in Sweden - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Albert Crenshaw describes his life in Sweden - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his family's visit to Sweden
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his post-doctoral research on muscle morphology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw describes a typical day in his life as an academic scientist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw describes the demographics of the student population at Umea University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw describes his research on occupational muscular-skeletal disorders - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw describes his research on occupational muscular-skeletal disorders - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw discusses the importance of being able to communicate science to a general audience
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw discusses the experimental design and methodology for his current research on occupational muscular-skeletal disorders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw describes the application of near infrared spectroscopy and electromyography in measuring muscle oxygenation and brain oxygenation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Albert Crenshaw talks about a few of his current research interests
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Albert Crenshaw reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Albert Crenshaw reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Albert Crenshaw discusses his mentoring responsibilities at Umea University in Sweden
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his interest in writing poetry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Albert Crenshaw reflects upon being separated from the African American community while living in Sweden
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Albert Crenshaw describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Albert Crenshaw talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Albert Crenshaw talks about how he would like to be remembered