Roger Arliner Young was renowned as a master zoologist, having received a doctorate in zoology. Young researched the effects of radiation on aquatic life, the paramecium (a unicellular organism) as well as how cells are affected their water concentration. She contributed lots to science, publishing numerous books as well as scientific papers.
Born in 1889 in Virginia, Young began studying in 1916 at Howard University, completing her bachelor’s in 1923. After this, Young was invited to join Sigma Xi, a society of intellectual individuals such as Albert Einstein and James Watson. Young continued studying the sciences and began to work at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. While working there, Young was promoted to temporary department head of the zoology department, as the the knowledge and passion Young possessed was evident to many. After struggling to finish her doctorate, Young took a small hiatus and went to the University of Pennsylvania to finish her doctorate in 1940. Roughly a decade later, Young was institutionalized for mental issues, thought to be brought up by the stress earlier in her life, and passed in 1964.