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Julian Manly Earls

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Administrator
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pie (Lemon Meringue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
God did not give anybody everything, but He gave everybody something.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1942
Birth Location:
Portsmouth, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Administrator
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pie (Lemon Meringue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Quote:
God did not give anybody everything, but He gave everybody something.

Birthplace

Born:
11/22/1942
Birth Location:
Portsmouth
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Biography

Physicist and federal government administrator Julian Manly Earls was born on November 22, 1942 in Portsmouth, Virginia to James and Ida Deberry Earls. He graduated from Crestwood High School in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1960 and went on to earn his B.S. degree in physics from Norfolk State University in 1964. Upon the advice of his mentor, Dr. Roy A. Woods, Earls attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to obtain his M.S. degree in radiation biology in 1965. Earls then moved to Cleveland to work at NASA for six years at the Lewis Research Center. NASA sponsored Earls to obtain his Ph.D. degree in radiation physics at the University of Michigan in 1973. Also, while working at NASA, he graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development in 1978.

Working at NASA for over forty years, Earls became NASA's first black section head, first black office chief, first black division chief, first black deputy director, and NASA's second black center director. Earls was hired as the director of the Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio in 2003. As center director, Earls has been responsible for research, technology and systems development programs in aeronautical propulsion, space propulsion, space power, space communications, and microgravity sciences. He manages an annual budget and oversees all employees and contractors. Earls has written several publications for technical and educational journals. He also wrote NASA’s first health physics guides. On two occasions, he has been awarded NASA medals for exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership and has received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive for career Senior Executive Service (SES) members.

Earls has been awarded honorary degrees by Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, New York, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has been a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Technical Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Society of Black Physicists, the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. An avid runner, he has run at least twenty-five marathons and was given the honor of being a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Earls and his wife, Zenobia, reside in Beachwood, Ohio. They have two sons, Gregory and Julian, Jr., and one granddaughter, Madisyn Chandler.

Julian Earls was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 10, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julian Earls' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julian Earls shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julian Earls talks about his parents and grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julian Earls remembers the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood and talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julian Earls talks about his four brothers and two sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julian Earls describes his parent's jobs as well as family holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julian Earls talks about growing up in the Union Holiness Pentecostal Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julian Earls talks about his elementary, junior high, and high school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julian Earls remembers the segregated schools in Virginia and graduating from Crestwood High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julian Earls talks about his decision to attend Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julian Earls describes his professors at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julian Earls talks about going to graduate school and his early years at NASA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julian Earls remembers his promotions at NASA, the Carl Stokes mayoral election, and the contributions of Congressman Louis Stokes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julian Earls talks about NASA's contracts with minority and women-owned firms and making science fun for young people
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julian Earls talks about increasing African American participation in engineering and physics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julian Earls talks about the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Boule, and his mentors at NASA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julian Earls talks about affirmative action
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julian Earls talks about NASA's equal employment opportunity office and the values of NASA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julian Earls tells stories about Guion "Guy" Bluford and Mae Jemison.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julian Earls talks about the NASA astronaut program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julian Earls talks about his wife, Zenobia, and their two sons, Julian Earls, Jr. and Gregory Earls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julian Earls talks about Cleveland public schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julian Earls discusses civil rights, education, and the importance of stable family structures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julian Earls talks about Ohio and the 2004 Presidential Election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julian Earls talks about his long distance running
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julian Earls talks about Dr. Willie Ray "Karimi" Mackey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julian Earls talks about mentoring and Northeast Ohio as home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julian Earls talks about the difference between the North and the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julian Earls explains how science and technology are good for the economy and a global society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julian Earls talks about ethics in science and technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julian Earls talks about the ethics of cloning
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julian Earls shares his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julian Earls describes his photos