# Did NASA have black doctors around 1960?

In the 2020 TV series "The Right Stuff" a lot of changes are made for dramatic effect. The show has a black doctor working at NASA during the Mercury programme, and he seems to be pretty high ranking too.

Were there any black medical doctors at NASA at that time?

• I can't find a definitive answer, but it's plausible. More government jobs were being opened to African-Americans during the Kennedy administration. US armed forces were integrated starting in 1948; it would be likely that a black NASA doctor in that period would have come from the military. – Russell Borogove Nov 20 '20 at 17:51
• Many of the medical personnel involved in the Mercury program did not work for NASA. Many/most worked for the Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, NM. – Organic Marble Nov 20 '20 at 19:33

• +1 for space detective work! – uhoh Nov 22 '20 at 0:46