Herman Branson Physicist

Herman Russell Branson (August 14, 1914 – June 26, 1995) was an African-American physicist, best known for his research on the alpha helix protein structure, and was also the president of two colleges. Branson received his B.S. from Virginia State College in 1936, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati, under the direction of Boris Padowski, in 1939. After a stint at Dillard University, he joined Howard University in 1941 as an assistant professor of physics and chemistry. He remained at Howard for 27 years, achieving increasingly important positions, eventually becoming head of the physics department, director of a program in experimental science and mathematics, and working on the Office of Naval Research and Atomic Energy Commission Projects in Physics at Howard University. In 1948, Branson took a leave and spent time at the California Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of the chemist Linus Pauling.

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Date of birth
August 14th, 1914
United States of America
Date of death
June 7th, 1995 at age of 80
African American


1. Virginia State University Colleges/University

Virginia State University is a historically black and land-grant university located north of the Appomattox River in Ettrick, Chesterfield County, in the Richmond area. Founded on March 6, 1882 (1882-03-06), Virginia State was the United States's first fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for black Americans. The university is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Type Public university
2010. 22.6 mil. $
Institution colors
March 6th, 1882
1 Hayden Drive, 23806 - Petersburg, Virginia
2010. 5,075
2009. 4,872
2010. 559
Acceptance rate
2010. 58.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 7.09 K $
2010. 6.57 K $
2009. 6.17 K $
2008. 5.9 K $
Official web page www.vsu.edu
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b. 1941., Physicist
b. 1919., Opera singer
b. 1920., Sculpture Artist
b. 1953., Judge
b. 1934., Politician
b. 1981., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1986., Hip hop Artist
b. 1921., Jazz pianist

2. University of Cincinnati Colleges/University

The University of Cincinnati (commonly referred to as Cincinnati or UC) is a comprehensive public research university in Cincinnati, in the U.S. state of Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio.

2013. 1.05 bil. $
2011. 1 bil. $
Institution colors
2600 Clifton Ave., 45221 - Cincinnati, Ohio
2013. 31,983
2010. 22,449
2009. 21,884
2013. 10,673
2010. 9,834
Acceptance rate
2012. 67.1 %
2010. 65.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 10.8 K $
2011. 10.4 K $
2010. 10.1 K $
2009. 9.4 K $
2008. 9.4 K $
Official web page www.uc.edu
Wikipedia article
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Institution social analysis

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Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Cincinnati connected by profession and/or age

b. 1955., Physicist
b. 1919., Politician
b. 1919., Writer
b. 1909., Actor
b. 1914., Historian
b. 1911., Military Person
b. 1916., Inventor
b. 1919., Baseball Pitcher


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