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George Nauflett, Renowned African American Chemist and Inventor

George Nauflett
George Nauflett

Howard University Graduate School pays special tribute to the late George Nauflett, renowned African American chemist and inventor, and Howard graduate, for his noteworthy accomplishments in the field of chemistry.

Nauflett died in a fire on October 28, 2016 at his Oxon Hill, Md., home. He was 84 years old. Nauflett earned a graduate degree from Howard University. He worked for 42 years in a U.S. Navy government laboratory where he earned more than two dozen patents for his inventions.

Nauflett's work was featured in a 2004 book, The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity. He developed a material that was used on a satellite that the Americans and Russians sent into space.

The university honors his contributions as a scientist and humanitarian, as well as his devotion to his family and all those whom he mentored throughout his lifetime.

George and Minnie Nauflett
George and Minnie Nauflett on Oct. 27 after early voting in the presidential election. (Courtesy of Derrick Nauflett)

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