"Before you can make a dream come true, you must first have
-- Ronald E. McNair
Ronald E. McNair was born in Lake City, South Carolina. He
graduated Valedictorian from Carver High School in 1967. In 1971,
he received a Bachelors degree Magna Cum Laude in physics from
North Carolina A&T State University. He received a Ph.D. in
physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. Dr.
McNair was nationally recognized for his work in the field of
physics and was the recipient of many honorary degrees and
commendations. In 1978, he was selected by NASA for the astronaut
program, and was the second African-American to travel in space. On
January 28th 1986, Dr. McNair along with six other astronauts died
in an explosion aboard the space shuttle challenger.