Her life starts on June 26, 1949. She had a dad and a mom
growing up. Her parent’s names are George and Margaret Styles. Mary’s father
was just finishing his studies at Meharry Medical School. Her mother though had
just completed her degree in business administration at Tennessee State
University when Mary Harris was born. Mary has two or ten siblings. Her
siblings names are………………………………………… Her life is just getting started.
She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mary even attended high school with an interest in science. She got this
interest from reading books and because of her father’s profession. Her parents
encouraged her to read at an early age. Her father’s profession was dealing
with medicine. This led her to compete
in science fairs and also volunteer at medical laboratories like the first
black owned medical lab. When she was nine years old her father died. This was
a major crisis for her family but not for Mary she kept on following her
dreams. Now it is time to zoom on over to her college life.
She was a highly intelligent student
who worked hard to achieve her goals. She graduated from Miami Jackson High
School in 1967. She ranked 12 out of 350 students. She moved to Pennsylvania to
go to Lincoln University. She was the only and first women to go to this
University. All of her classmates were surprised she was taking advanced
courses like advanced algebra. After she graduated she married the man of her
life Sidney Harris. In 1971 Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from
Lincoln University. Four years later she earned a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
in genetics from Cornell University. A year later Mary Styles Harris was
rewarded a post doctoral fellowship by National Cancer Institute to research
chemical composition of viruses. She chose New Jersey University of Medicine
and Density to research the chemical composition of viruses. The reason for
this is because she wanted to study basic viruses structures and determine how
new discoveries could be used to improve people’s health. Through 1977 to 1979
Mary served as an executive director for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.
In the middle of that in 1978 she was appointed assistant professor to the
Morehouse College School of Medicine. During 1979 to 1980 she served as a
scientist in residence for public television station WG television channel
eight. Then she was appointed assistant professor of biology for Atlanta
University. She survived through college and now she is doing something
Through hard work and dedication Mary
was able to accomplish her goals and achieve great things. She spent three
years as director of genetic services and then two years as the project
coordinator of a seven-state program. She wanted a break from her work and she
got one but it was short. Sometime during these years she had a daughter. When
she returned home she went to California and founded her own company. Her
companies name is Harris and Associates which is located in Atlanta Georgia. Many
companies, working with health, needed help to explain their activities to the
general public. Of course Mary helped the companies. Harris and Associates are
producing an audio-visual educational material which covers a range of health
care issues faced by women minorities. Her company is also doing a series of
radio features that cover public health topics. Recently she just won a grant
support from National Cancer Institute to make a new series of TV programs
about health problems of African Americans. She continues her hard work
throughout the years helping people understand health care issues.
Her field of
study is biologist and geneticist. A biologist is an expert in science of
living organisms. A geneticist is the study of genetics. The salary of a
geneticist is $75,150 and the biologist salary is $72,220. If you understand
the DNA of people than scientist can find ways to diagnosed diseases, early
detection, new approaches to treatment, and development of medication. The need
for these studies is humongous because it could improve human life. Without
them we would all die a lot quicker than we are supposed to. You need to know a
lot to have these careers for a job. For biologists you need to have a four
year undergraduate degree. For geneticist you need a complete bachelor’s degree
program, doctor of medicine or doc. of Osteopathic medicine at medical school.
You must also participate in a medical residency to gain specialized training.
These are excellent jobs that you could do if you want to help people.