Born in 1883 in Charleston, S.C., Dr. Ernest Everett Just became one of the most prominent American biologists in the last century, specializing in marine biology.
After receiving his graduate degree, his pursuit of higher scholarship led him to Woods Hole in Massachusetts, an elite marine biology center where he returned for research for 20 years.
In 1926, Dr. Just was a professor at Howard University when they selected their first African-American president, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson.
For nearly 20 years, he published highly regarded scientific papers on his research while at Howard University, receiving years of fellowships and stipends for his scientific work from the Rosenwald Foundation.
Before his return, Dr. Just was recognized by numerous American and European scientific organizations as one of the greatest living American scientists.