Minority Physicist Profiles

See What You Can Do With Physics!

Physicists don't all work in labs or teach physics, although many do, and love their jobs.

A physics degree will qualify you for a variety of careers from inventing to analyzing to improving.  Find out the diversity of physics by exploring the jobs of these physicists.

  

Albin Gonzalez

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Think physics and medicine don't mix? Think again! Discover the field of medical physics and Albin, a medical physicist helping patients beat cancer.


Alejandro Rodriguez

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Can we one day have paper-thin cell phones? Alejandro's work may just figure out how.


Beth Brown

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High school physics bore Beth so much she dropped it- but a look through a telescope changed her mind.


Carlos Gutierrez

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Carlos is a materials scientist inspiring students and finding materials to make devices work better.


Christina Barrow

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Christina uses physics everyday to make sure that veterans receive quality cancer radiation treatments.


Claudia Alexander

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Claudia wrote science fiction and rode horses when she wasn't studying comets and moons.


Collin Joseph

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Collin loves to cook when he's not too busy in the biophysics lab.


Deborah Berebichez

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As a child in Mexico, Debbie was told science wasn't for girls. Debbie however broke down that barrier and is now a Wall Street analyst. She invites all girls to join her!


Edward Thomas

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Edward admits that physics is hard, but there are many exciting projects that make all the work worthwhile.


Ellen Ochoa

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Ellen once considered an education in music, but instead, she became the first Hispanic woman in space.


Evelynn Hammonds

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Evelynn holds honorary degrees at Spelman College and Bates College.


Gabriela Gonzalez

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Gabriela shapes minds as a professor and attempts to unlock the mysteries of Gravitational Waves as a researcher.


Ginger Kerrick

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Who says only kids dream of space exploration? Ginger chased her dreams in spite of many setbacks.


Hakeem Oluseyi

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Hakeem turned to physics to escape his rough neighborhood. Now, he's an astrophysicist, professor, and global philanthropist.


Keivan Stassun

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Keivan says the best thing about being a physicist is there’s no better way to impress the person sitting next to you on an airplane.


Kelle Cruz

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Kelle spends much of her time looking at small stars, but when's she not looking at stars, she's blogging and traveling.


Luz Martinez-Miranda

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Luz is fascinated by the way optics problems relate to the real world. “There was something about lenses that made me want to study more,” she says.


Lynett Rock

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Lynett Rock, a member of the Cherokee Nation, first learned physics via satellite. Now she teaches college physics and math in person.


Marta Dark McNeese

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Marta chose physics mostly because she was fascinated with optics, and a little bit because she was afraid of chemicals and disliked knives.


Nadya Mason

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Nadya went from gymnastics Olympic hopeful to research scientist.


Paul Markoff–Johnson

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Paul has spent most of his career working on creating incredibly thin coatings made of materials selected for their special abilities.


Ramón Barthelemy

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Ramón is fighting for equality in physics. Find out how!


Ronald Mickens

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Ron's curious mind and passion for science led him to pursue a career as an educator and a physicist.


Ryan O'Donnell

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Ryan is still in his undergraduate years, but he has big plans ahead.


Shirley Ann Jackson

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Shirley has come a long way from her childhood fascination with the bumblebees in her backyard.