Scientists

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

(1946- ) Born in Columbia, SC, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. is the current head of the NASA federal agency. He is a retired US Marine major general and former NASA astronaut.

Charles M. Duke Jr.

Charles M. Duke Jr.

(1935- ) Colonel Charles Moss Duke, Jr. is a retired USAF Brigadier General and former NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born in Charlotte, NC and attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, SC.

Robert Wilson Gibbes

(1809-1866) Robert Wilson Gibbes was a physician and naturalist who wrote paleontology articles on marine fossils found in South Carolina.

Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just

(1883-1941) Ernest Everett Just was a renowned African American scientist from Charleston, SC.

Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair

(1950-1986) Born in Lake City, SC, Ronald McNair is an astronaut killed in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis

(1944- ) Kary Mullis grew up in Columbia, SC and is an esteemed biochemist and Nobel laureate.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

(1723–1793) Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue die from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony’s most important cash crops.

John B. Watson

John B. Watson

(1878-1958) John Watson was a psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism and conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing, and advertising.