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Dr. Jalaal Hayes (pictured, right) made history in 2015 after becoming the youngest person to earn a Ph.D from Delaware State University at the age of 22. As the son of two librarians, the North Philadelphia native was probably expected to be an excellent student but has surpassed those expectations with his academic feats.

Even at the age of nine, Hayes tutored older students and was able to explain complex theories far beyond his grade level. Hayes graduated from high school at the age of 15 in 2008, inspired by the likes of nuclear scientist and engineer Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., the youngest student ever admitted to the University of Chicago at the age of 13.

After being awarded a scholarship to his parents’ alma mater, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Hayes applied himself and earned two bachelor degrees in General Science and History in just three years. As he revealed in a recent interview, admissions staff at Delaware State mistook Hayes for an undergraduate student after he applied for a doctoral program in applied chemistry.

Hayes successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Studies of Alkali Metal Doped-Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage System,” last summer. He received his doctorate degree last December. Delaware State, a HBCU, began awarding doctorates in 2004.

Today, Hayes teaches anatomy and physiology at the Universal Audenried Charter High School in Philadelphia.

That display of academic excellence was passed down to one of Hayes’ three siblings. His 15-year-old brother will graduate from high school this year, just like he did.

(Photo: Delaware State University)

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7 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Jalaal Hayes

  1. Connie Lynch on said:

    So what, big deal. That is a NlGGER school, the standards are so low that Koko the gorilla can get a PHD. Another great moment in fake NlGGER history.

    • A Real American on said:

      Do not be upset that your cracker barrel ass didn’t get passed the 1st grade and you are probably living in a trailer park getting paid food stamps to support your lazy humpty dumpty fat ass missing a whole bunch of teeth out of your head. If you do not like what Americans, Black, Asian, Hispanic, whomever, can achieve and surpass the norm in this country, then 1 don’t visit this website and 2 do better.

  2. On this day, 40,000 years ago, the smartest ni66er in the world invented (are you ready) something that is still used today: THE STICK.

    It is still used for removing bananas from the trees and beating other ni66ers. KOKO the gorilla is smarter than the smartest ni66er.

    • A Real American on said:

      Listen if you think that African Americans as dumb and stupid as you think they are then why the FUCK are you using the things created in modern days by African Americans???🤔 hopefully you do not need a pace maker because you deserve to die right on the operating table since that was created by an African American man. I can go on but I already wasted these words right here on you. 🖕

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