Henry Ransom Cecil McBay was born May 29 in 1914 in Mexia, #Texas. He has taught a disproportionately #large% of the blacks who hold Ph.D degrees in #Chemistry. In 1951, he developed a chemistry education program in #liberiaon behalf of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ( #UNESCO). His father, William Cecil McBay, was a #barberwho eventually became an #embalmerand #funeraldirector; his mother, Roberta Ransom (McBay), was a #seamstress.
Early education & employment:
McBay was able to receive a good #educationbecause of his proficiency in math. He was able to gain admission to Wiley College in Texas, and paid for his education by working in the college’s dining-hall and post office. Inspired by his math and chemistry professors, McBay studied #organicchemistry and earned his B.S. degree in 1934.
His Wiley professors helped him acquire a scholarship to #atlantato work on his next #degree.
With only $1.65 in his pocket, McBay immediately took a job in the Atlanta #universitydining hall so he could eat. After only a few days on campus, his faculty advisor, Professor K. A. Huggins, arranged for him to work in the chemistry #laboratory.
McBay began to help Huggins study new types of plastics that had properties similar to natural #rubber. Soon, McBay was performing his own analysis of the plastics. When the project was finished, he received his master’s degree from Atlanta University and Huggins received his #doctoratefrom the University of #Chicago. This indirect connection to the University of Chicago would later be important to his career.
After earning his master’s degree, he returned to Wiley College so he could help his younger brother and sister pay for college. However, going “home” proved to be a disappointment. Some faculty members still thought of him as their student and never accepted McBay as an #academic #peer. Because of his devotion to his siblings, however, he remained at Wiley until his brother received his college degree and his parents were able to pay for his sister’s education.
In 1938 McBay took a better-paying teaching job at a #Quindaro, Kansas junior college.
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