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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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Nov 20 '20 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Nov 20 '20 at 19:33
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The show has a black doctor working at NASA during the Mercury programme, and he seems to be pretty high ranking too.

My initial searches didn't turn up any clues, but there was a recap of the episode on CollectSpace that mentioned that the black doctor in episode 7 is a real person.

Colonel Vance Marchbanks (portrayed by actor Christopher Mann) was one of the first black flight surgeons in the Army and the first in the Air Force. He got an MD from Howard University and joined the USAF in 1941, and was assigned to Project Mercury in 1960.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for space detective work! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Nov 22 '20 at 0:46
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    $\begingroup$ HBCU reference added, feel free to edit further. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Nov 22 '20 at 0:46

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