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Well known in California Howard P. Grant was a man of many ‘firsts.’ He was the first black graduate of University of California Berkeley College of Engineering, the first black engineer of San Francisco, as well as the first black member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Grant was a forerunner in Civil Engineering, and later founded the Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers, an organization that helped the black youth discover the engineering field.

Citation: Kershner, Kate. “Famous Black Engineers Throughout History.” HowStuffWorks Science, HowStuffWorks, 27 Jan. 2020,