Who Are Some Famous Native American Scientists?

Some famous Native American scientists are John Herrington, Mary Ross, Dr. Jani Ingram and Dr. David Burgess. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society, an organization of Native Americans in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, had 3,000 members as of December 2014.

Astronaut John Herrington was the first Native American to travel to space. Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, spent over 330 hours in space before retiring in 2005. Mary Ross, the great-great-granddaughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross, was one of the first women in the field of aerospace engineering, beginning her career with Lockheed Martin in 1942. Ingram, who is Navajo, is a professor of chemistry and a research scientist. Burgess, the grandson of a Cherokee medicine woman, has served on the faculty of many universities, including Dartmouth College and the University of Miami.