Harvard Medical School Society Named After Black STEM Pioneer

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Scientist and physician William Augustus Hinton’s contributions will forever be embedded in the evolution of the STEM industry. Hinton, who made history at Harvard Medical School by becoming its first Black tenured professor nearly a century ago, will be posthumously honored by the Ivy League institution. According to The Harvard Crimson, the Harvard Medical School’s Holmes Society is being renamed after Hinton.

The society—which is one of five that Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Dental Medicine students are assigned to upon enrollment—was originally named after physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes who graduated from Harvard in 1829. After Holmes’ racist past was unearthed, two medical students petitioned to have his name removed. The petition, which garnered over 1,000 signatures, was supported by current students, alumni and faculty.

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