Elbert Frank Cox

The First African American to Earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics


Elbert Frank Cox began his graduate work at Cornell University in 1922.


In 1925 Cox received his Ph.D. thus becoming not only the first African American to


obtain a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the U.S. but also in the world.



Background Information on Cox:










Mathematical Genealogy


Mathematics of Cox:


Overview: Definition of a Difference Equation


The Fibonacci sequence


Relation on the Order of a Difference equation with Initial Conditions with help from the Fibonacci sequence


Solutions to Difference equations


A bit of Cox’s Work


Introduction to the Worksheet


Classroom Worksheet


Multicultural Issues:


“Separate but Equal”


Stereotype Vulnerability


Cox’s Experiences


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