In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we celebrate Dr. Ben Carson.
Born in 1951, Dr. Carson is a retired American Neurosurgeon famously credited as the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.
Raised by a divorcee mother from the age of 8, he went on to graduate from Yale University and receive his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Throughout his career he focused on traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, neurological and congenital disorders and epilepsy. His accomplishments include refining the procedure of hemispherectomy (removing part of or all of one brain hemisphere usually to treat epilepsy) and becoming the youngest major division director of the John Hopkins Hospital at age 33.
He holds 38 honorary doctorate degrees and multiple national merit citations. He is also the receipent of multiple awards, most notably the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 from President Bush.
Dr. Carson and his wife established the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994 which awards scholarships to students in grades 4–11 for “academic excellence and humanitarian qualities”.