Victor C. Smith, 1924

Victor C. Smith
Courtesy MIT Museum

Victor C. Smith, Class of 1924

Victor Claude Smith '24, SM '26, ScD '30 earned his Bachelors (1924), Masters (1926), and ScD (1930)--with a thesis entitled "A study of homogenous combustion in gases"--all in Chemical Engineering (Course X).

Smith is believed to be the first African-American to graduate as a chemical engineer in the United States. He went on to work as Research Assistant in Applied Chemistry (1926-1927; 1928); Research Associate in Fuel & Gas Engineering (1929-1932); and Research Associate in Chemical Engineering (1932-1935).

Timeline: 1920s
School: School of Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering
Life: Omega Psi Phi
Career: Engineering
Object: Photograph
Collection: Order of Operations 1921-1945, Staff, Students, Technique Yearbook