30 Oct '16, 10pm

Renowned African-American chemist, inventor killed in Maryland house fire

Renowned African-American chemist, inventor killed in Maryland house fire

George Nauflett, a renowned African-American chemist and inventor, died in a fire Friday night in his Oxon Hill, Maryland, home. He was 84 years old. Nauflett grew up in the segregated South in a one-bedroom house with his aunt, and left school after the 8th-grade. But through a combination of sheer intellect and determination, he went on to work for 42 years in a U.S. Navy government laboratory where he earned more than two dozen patents for his inventions. When people made the old joke about someone not being a "rocket scientist," he would get a kick out of saying, "Actually, I am," his son, Derrick Nauflett said in an interview Sunday. Nauflett and his wife, Minnie, met as teenagers in Mississippi and married in 1964. They had three children; one son died in a car accident in 1984. When the fire broke out Friday — the exact cause is still under investigation — Nauflett ...

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