NIST (and the National Bureau of Standards, as we were previously known) has been fortunate to be home to many African American scientists, administrators and staff who have made lasting contributions to the mission of this institution — from Dolphus Milligan and Reatha Clark King to Willie May, who worked at NIST for more than 40 years, ultimately serving as the first African American NIST Director.
Below, we highlight a small number of those individuals who have contributed to our great past and helped set the stage for our incredible present and future. Also make sure you check out the first-person stories in the videos at the bottom of this page.
Victor McCrary was a group leader and division chief within NIST's Information Technology Laboratory between 1997 and 2003. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Catholic University of America, an M.S. in Executive Engineering Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Howard University.
He is the co-recipient of a Department of Commerce Gold Medal for the first open standards for electronic books. His division led pioneering research and standards in emerging digital media, including electronic book reading systems, and biometrics. His division won a 2001 R&D 100 award for developing a Braille reader for e-books.
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