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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Do only what you can do.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1953
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Do only what you can do.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1953
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Physicist and engineering professor Steven L. Richardson was born on July 22, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Edward Alfred Richardson, was a subway conductor and his mother, Juanita Pearl Richardson, was a nurse. Richardson excelled in academics and pursued his interests in literature, science and mathematics at Brooklyn Preparatory High School. He attended Columbia University where he studied chemistry on a National Achievement Scholarship. He received advanced degrees from The Ohio State University: his M.S. degree in physics in 1981 and his Ph.D. degree in theoretical condensed matter physics in 1983. During his graduate studies, he was an International Business Machines (IBM) Minority Graduate Fellow and a Xerox Graduate Fellow. At Xerox, he discovered a new semiconductor surface for Gallium arsenide (GaAs), which he included in his Ph.D. dissertation.

Following graduation, Richardson was a Chancellor's Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and in 1985, he was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 1986, Richardson was hired to work at Eastman Kodak Company as a senior research scientist in the Solid State Science Laboratories. From 1987 to 1988, he took a temporary leave from Kodak to serve as program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Condensed Matter Theory Program. In 1989, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University as an associate professor and associate director of the Materials Science Research Center of Excellence. In 1995, Richardson was promoted to full professor. From 1997 to 2011, he served as a summer faculty fellow with the United States Navy-American Society for Engineering Education’s Summer Faculty Program at the Naval Research Laboratory. Richardson's research utilized supercomputers to calculate the structural, electronic and vibrational properties of molecules. His research has been supported by many public institutions including, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation.

Richardson is a member of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the National Science Foundation Career Advancement Award and served as a Distinguished Sigma Xi National Lecturer. Richardson works in Washington, D.C.

Steven Richardson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about his maternal family's migration to Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson talks about his mother's decision to move to New York to study nursing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson talks about his father's growing up in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steven Richardson talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson talks about living in the projects during his early childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about the stigma associated with the projects, and reflects upon his experience growing up in the Breevort Projects in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson talks about his parents' decision to enroll him in Catholic school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steven Richardson talks about the disciplinary tactics of the nuns at Catholic schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson talks about his experience and his favorite teachers at Holy Rosary Grammar School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about his decision to attend Brooklyn Preparatory High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson talks about the absence of black role models in the STEM fields, during his growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about his decision to apply to Columbia University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson reflects upon his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about his academic struggles at Columbia University, the cultural scene in New York, and his interest in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson talks about his study regimen at Columbia University, and his disinterest in pursuing a career in medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steven Richardson talks about his interest in chemistry and his professors at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson talks about his preparation in chemistry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about his transition into physics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson talks about Shirley Ann Jackson's role in his decision to focus on condensed matter physics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about his decision to transfer to Ohio State University, and his research there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson talks about Gallium arsenide and his work with semiconductors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about IBM computers and the role of semi-conductors in the development of more efficient machines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson talks about the contrasting business strategies of Xerox and Apple, and the influence of semiconductors on cloud storage technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steven Richardson talks about his contributions to research on Gallium arsenide
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson talks about his advisor, Bruce Patton, and his advising philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about his experience as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson talks about his mentors and funding sources at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about the utilization of pseudo-potentials in his post-doctoral research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson talks about his career at Eastman Kodak, and his decision to take a sabbatical to work at the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about his decision to join the faculty at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson talks about the funding agencies in Washington, D.C., and his decision to join Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about his visiting lectureship at Bradley University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson talks about his interest in traveling, and how he received a visiting lectureship in Portugal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about his work at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson talks about his lectureships at Emory University and the Scientific Research Honor Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson talks about the funding agencies in Washington, D.C. and Howard University's funding prospects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson talks about the progress of graduate programs at Howard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Steven Richardson talks about some of his students at Howard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Steven Richardson reflects upon his life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Steven Richardson talks about his parents' parenting abilities and reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Steven Richardson talks about his teaching methods and his concerns about young people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Steven Richardson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Steven Richardson reflects upon his career, and talks about the importance of education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Steven Richardson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Steven Richardson describes his photographs