About The Department
Howard was founded as a small private undergraduate college and
has transformed into a large private university. The Chemistry
Department was preeminent in stimulating this transition. Chemistry
first offered the M.S. degree in chemistry in 1923, before
there was a Graduate School at the University; Chemistry became
first department to award the Ph.D. degree at the University,
in 1958. As the first predominantly Black university to offer
the Ph.D. degree in chemistry, Howard has produced more African
chemists than any other chemistry department in the world and
has one of the largest chemistry departments in the District
of Columbia. The Department is working hard to increase the number
of African American chemists it produces. However, we welcome
all students and have representatives from all races and many
Please use the links above to quickly navigate to information about
the chemistry educational programs, faculty
web pages, and other information about the
department and its people.
Additionally, you will find very useful information
in the links to the department brochure and
Financial Aid for Graduate Study
Financial Aid is available in the form of teaching assistantships,
research assistantships and special fellowships.
Assistantships are generally for nine months
and provide a stipend plus full remission of
tuition. The Department may supplement students
with stipends for the summer months. For details
concerning financial aid support, contact
A History of Chemistry at Howard, 1867 - 1927
(Original compilation by Martin Feldman, Professor Emeritus.) This brief history of the Chemistry Department at Howard University is based on a paper presented to the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society in August 2000, in a Symposium "Chemistry in Washington 100 Years Ago," organized by Prof. Leopold May of Catholic University.
The pages may be viewed in historical order by using the arrow on
each page to proceed to the next. The TIMELINE may be used to navigate to specific events in the chronology, showing events at Howard, as well as some important events in the history of chemistry, from the 1860s to the 1930s. Note that the TimeLine gives highlights only; the complete document can be seen by using the forward arrow.
Thanks are given to Dr. Thomas Battle, Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, the Moorland-Spingarn staff , and Dr.Clifford Muse, University Archivist, for their invaluable help in this project. Dr. Lester Lee provided digitized versions of many of the photographs.