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Esther A.H. Hopkins

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1926
Birth Location:
Stanford, Connecticut

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1926
Birth Location:
Stanford
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Biography

Chemist, city council member, and patent attorney Esther Arvilla Harrison Hopkins was born in 1926 in Stamford, Connecticut. Working as household servants, Hopkins’s parents encouraged her and her siblings to pursue their education. In 1947, Hopkins graduated from Boston University with her B.A. degree in chemistry. Just two years later, she obtained her M.S. degree in chemistry from Howard University.

Hopkins taught chemistry at Virginia State College for a short period of time before she decided to pursue research. Hopkins worked with companies such as the New England Institute for Medical Research as an assistant researcher in biophysics and the American Cyanamid’s Stamford Research Laboratory as a research chemist. Hopkins studied at Yale University, where she received her second M.S. degree in chemistry and her Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 1962 and 1967, respectively. She continued her work at the American Cyanamid’s Stamford Research Laboratory while she earned these degrees.

Following the completion of her Ph.D. program, Hopkins was hired as a supervisory research chemist with the Polaroid Corporation, where she led the Emulsion Coating and Analysis Laboratory, checking the chemical composition of the film coating for uniformity. During this time, Hopkins also developed an interest in the work of the patent department and returned to school. She received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School. Hopkins retired from Polaroid Corporation in 1989 and began work as the deputy general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In 1999, Hopkins became the first African American selectman of Framingham, Massachusetts. She stepped down from this post in 2005, but has remained active in the community. Hopkins is married to Ewell Hopkins, a social worker and minister. They have one son, Ewell Hopkins, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Esther Hopkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her mother's career as a domestic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins talks about her mother's educational aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins describes her father's growing up and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about access
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins talks about her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins talks about her childhood and her parents' work, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Esther Hopkins talks about her childhood and her parents' work, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins talks about her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about her elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her interest in math
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her middle school experience, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins talks about her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Esther Hopkins talks about her middle school experience, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Esther Hopkins talks about her interest in reading, television and radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins talks about her high school experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins reflects on the effects of World War 2 during her high school years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins talks about her decision to attend Boston University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her initial career aspirations at Boston University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her experience at Howard University, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins talks about her experience at Howard University, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins talks about her decision to teach at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about her experience teaching at Virginia State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins talks about her decision to attend Yale University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about meeting her husband and her involvement with music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about graduating from Yale University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins describes her dissertation research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about her decision to join the Polaroid Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins describes the chemistry behind a Polaroid picture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her interest in patent law and her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her experience at Polaroid Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins talks about the Double Bind Symposium
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about her article, "A Certain Restlessness"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins talks about her experience at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her political career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins talks about her involvement with professional organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins talks about her professional activities, part 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Esther Hopkins talks about her professional activities, part 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Esther Hopkins talks about her professional affiliations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Esther Hopkins talks about Della Hartman
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Esther Hopkins talks about her family and her favorite things to do
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Esther Hopkins talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Esther Hopkins reflects on her life and career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Esther Hopkins reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Esther Hopkins talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Esther Hopkins describes her photos