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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Essex Finney

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Agricultural engineer Essex E. Finney was born in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1937. Finney earned his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1959 and his M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1960. In 1963, he was the first African American to receive his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. In 1965, Finney accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Research Center in the instrumentation research laboratory. He was appointed assistant director of the center in 1977. From 1980 to 1981, he served as a senior policy analyst in the office of the science advisor to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. In 1989, Finney was named director of the Beltsville Research Center. His next position was at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the associate administrator for the Agricultural Research Service. Finney retired from USDA in 1995.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
196 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Essex Finney
Essex Finney
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2012 July 13.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 15 min., 10 sec.)) : sound, color
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