January 14, 1930 Biologist and pioneer of cell division, Dr. Ernest E Just, serves as V.P. of American Zoologists.
In the graduating Dartmouth College class of 1907, Ernest Just was the only person to be graduated magna cum laude, he also receiving honors in botany, sociology and history. Born on August 14, 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Ernest Everett Just was an African-American biologist and educator who pioneered many areas on the physiology of development, including fertilization, experimental parthenogenesis, hydration, cell division, dehydration in living cells and ultraviolet carcinogenic radiation effects on cells.
Dr. Just also served as editor of three scholarly periodicals and, in 1915, won the NAACP's first Spingarn Medal for outstanding achievement by a black American. From 1920 to 1931, he was a Julius Rosenwald Fellow in Biology of the National Research Council—a position that provided him the chance to work in Europe when racial discrimination hindered his opportunities in the United States. During this time, Dr. Just penned many research papers, including the 1924 publication "General Cytology," which he co-authored with respected scientists from Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the National Academy of Sciences and the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Held in high esteem within his field, notable black scientist Charles Drew called Dr. Just "a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field."
Ernest Everett Just - QUOTES
"We feel the beauty of nature because we are part of nature and because we know that however much in our separate domains we abstract from the unity of nature, this unity remains. Although we may deal with particulars, we return finally to the whole pattern woven out of these."