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Elijah McCoy

About Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy overcame challenges that African-Americans faced in his time for education and employment to become one of the first successful contributors to the field of tribology. McCoy was an exceptionally bright young man and excelled in mathematics and science. Around the age of 15, he completed his local education and his father sought to send him to an engineering school. Upon the advice of a friend, he eventually sent him to apprentice in Edinburgh, Scotland. McCoy spent fiv