Todd Duncan, the pioneering opera singer, circa 1930s. Mr. Duncan was the first African-American to perform with a major opera company, the New York City Opera. Other career highlights include being selected by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess” and being the first person to record the now classic song, “Unchained Melody.” Mr. Duncan also held a master’s degree from Columbia University and taught voice at Howard University for over fifty years, well into his nineties. He died in 1998.
Above. Eileen Collins – The first women to pilot the Space Shuttle (1995)
1. Marie Curie – Nobel Laureate in Physics for her pioneering work on radioactivity. (1903)
2. Ada Lovelace – Designated first programmer in the world (1815-1852)
4. Maria Goeppert-Mayer – Nobel Prize for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus (1963)
5. Peggy Whitson – First female to command the ISS (2008)
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