(November 27, 1923 – May 1, 2011)
Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. was a child prodigy who matured into one of the most remarkable geniuses of the 20th century. The circumstances of his birth left him with insurmountable challenges. He was born black in the 1920s U.S.A.: one of the most gruesome decades of color-bar. Yet, as a kid, he awed the Yankees with his superlative intelligence: just like his father did a generation earlier. This ability enabled him become the youngest student ever admitted by the University of Chicago: aged 13 years old. There, he chewed mathematics as easily as children of that age chewed biscuits. No wonder he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. by the age of 19. He later obtained B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. During the Manhattan Project, the then 20-year old Wilkins became the youngest researcher employed on this grandest scientific project of the 20th century. He would later go on to become eminent Maths Professor, Physics Professor, and the President of the American Nuclear Society. Though not very famous, Wilkins was one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. His mental ability dwarfed those of Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and many prominent geniuses of that century. That is why experts agree that without restrictive racisms, he would have achieved a lot more. His vast research areas encompassed engineering, mathematics, physics and metallurgy. He later developed shielding models against gamma radiation. Most of his publications centered on multivariable calculus, algebraic geometry, topology, optics, statistics, biophysics, engineering and nuclear technologies.