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Evelynn M. Hammonds

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1953
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1953
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Professor and science scholar Evelynn M. Hammonds, Ph.D., was born in 1953 in Atlanta, Georgia; her mother was a schoolteacher, and her father was a postal worker. Hammonds grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended public school. In 1976, Hammonds received two undergraduate degrees – one from Spelman College in physics, and the other in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. In 1980, Hammonds went on to earn her master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

After Hammonds earned her M.S. degree, she began a five-year career as a software engineer; finding this unchallenging, she decided to return to the academic world. In 1993, Hammonds received a doctorate degree in the history of science from Harvard University; she then was hired by MIT to teach, where she rose to the position of associate professor. While at MIT, Hammonds was the founding director of the MIT Center for the Study of Diversity in Science and Technology. Hammonds returned to Harvard University in 2002 to accept a joint appointment as professor of the history of science and African American Studies; she later became the fourth black woman to receive tenure within the faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Hammonds's major field of research and writing at MIT and Harvard focused on the ways in which science has examined questions about human variation through the concept of race in the United States from the 17th Century to the present.

Between 2003 and 2004, Hammonds was named a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer by the Scientific Research Society. Hammonds has been a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and a Fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University; in 2003, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hammonds published articles and books on the history of disease, race and science, African American feminism, African American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and analysis of gender and race in science and medicine.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Evelynn M. Hammonds' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Evelynn M. Hammonds lists her favorites, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Evelynn M. Hammonds lists her favorites, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Evelynn M. Hammonds describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls how her parents met and her father's United States military service in World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Evelynn M. Hammonds talks about her family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers her family traditions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Evelynn M. Hammonds describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers her parents' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls teachers who influenced her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers developing a curiosity for history and science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers attending Central Junior High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Evelynn M. Hammonds describes her childhood neighborhood of Collier Heights in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers encountering discrimination at the newly integrated Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Evelynn M. Hammonds talks about growing up near notable African American figures in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers the dual engineering degree program at Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls working on the student newspaper in her scant free time at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers her decision to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Evelynn M. Hammonds describes her experiences in the graduate physics program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls working in the corporate sector before returning to academia as a historian of science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Evelynn M. Hammonds explains her motivation for studying scientific knowledge production in relation to race and gender
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls her history of science doctoral program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers her mentors and the climate of Harvard University's history of science department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Evelynn M. Hammonds recalls her hiring as an assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1993
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Evelynn M. Hammonds remembers founding the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Evelynn M. Hammonds explains her decision to leave Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a post at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Evelynn M. Hammonds talks about her initial accomplishments at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Evelynn M. Hammonds explains her current research on the history of scientific discourse about race in the United States, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Evelynn M. Hammonds explains her current research on the history of scientific discourse about race in the United States, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Evelynn M. Hammonds describes the significance of William Montague Cobb's work for her research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Evelynn M. Hammonds reflects on Harvard University President Lawrence Summers' statements about women's inferiority in the sciences, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Evelynn M. Hammonds reflects on Harvard University President Lawrence Summers' statements about women's inferiority in the sciences, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Evelynn M. Hammonds offers advice for young African Americans interested in science and technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Evelynn M. Hammonds talks about pastimes she enjoys
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Evelynn M. Hammonds explains the importance of history of science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Evelynn M. Hammond elaborates on her activities beyond the history of science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Evelynn M. Hammond reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Evelynn M. Hammond describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Evelynn M. Hammond describes how she would like to be remembered