Jesse J. Mark
Dr. Jesse Jarue Mark (b. 1906) was the first African American person to achieve a Ph.D. in Botany in the United States and at Iowa State College.
Life and Education
Dr. Jesse J. Mark was born in Apple Springs, Texas in 1906. He received a B.S. from Prairie View State College in 1929. He received his M.S. from Iowa State College. After his M.S., he went to teach at Kentucky State Industrial College. He returned to Iowa State College to receive his Ph.D. in Botany in 1935. Dr. Mark also taught at Tennessee State College, Lincoln University, Texas College, and Southern University at New Orleans.
Dr. Mark joined the Iowa State College faculty as the Rockefeller Agriculture Fellow.
His name is often misspelled in historical records as "Jessie" which led to the belief that he was a woman.
- Warren, Wini (1999). Black women scientists in the United States. Bloomington, Ind. [u.a.: Indiana University Press. pp. 192–193. ISBN 0253336031]
- "Rockefeller Archive Center, African-American History and Race Relations" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2017
- Jesse J. Mark's Dissertation
- "Dr. Mark Rites Held in Texas, SUNO Biology Professor Succumbs in New Orleans, La." The SPHINX, 57 (1971): 29.