Earnest Everett Just
E. E. just was a distinguished scientist, and one of the pioneers of cellular and developmental biology. His experiments on fertilization and embryonic development are regarded as classics in the field. His investigation of the blocks to polyspermy, the mechanisms by which eggs prevent fertilization by two or more sperm, laid the groundwork for the modern use of fertilization as an experimental system in cell biology.
Just was was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1883, educated at Dartmouth College, and served as Professor at Howard University. He died from pancreatic cancer in 1942.
The links below contain information about the life and times of this remarkable scientist.
A site devoted to
African Americans in Science has a page devoted to Just:
In 1996, Just was
honored by a stamp in the Black Heritage series:
The slow block to
polyspermy, as investigated by Just, is described here:
Just's stature is
described in this account of his intereactions with geneticist Richard
Goldschmidt written by Scott Gilbert:
This is a Resource Page from Chapter 39 of the Dragonfly Book