African American Scientist
He started with NASA in 1966 as part of their manned space flight initiatives.He pioneered the development of the ingredients ubiquitous in all cellular material.Later he developed techniques that are still widely used for the detection of bacteria in urine, blood, spinal fluids, drinking water and foods. In 1977, Chappelle turned his research efforts toward the remote sensing of vegetation health through laser-induced fluorescence (LIF).
Emmett Chappelle is the recipient of fourteen patents and has been named one of the greatest scientist of the century.
Chappelle was also drafted into the army as a young man, while there he took engineering courses. He was later transferred to the 92nd all black infantry division in Italy.
His Work With NASA
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