On February 2, 1815, Ernest Everett Just received the Spingarn Medal for his work in cell division and fertilization. This was the very first Spingarn Medal awarded... EVER!
Born in 1883, E.E. Just was a pioneering biologist and academic. Just graduated from my alma mater, Dartmouth College (magna cum laude might I add), then moved to Washington D.C. to teach at Howard University. He soon became head of the biology and zoology departments there, and in 1916, earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Let's not forget that on November 17, 1911, Just assisted three Howard students (Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman), in founding Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Shout out to all my fellow Greeks!
E.E. Just died in 1941, shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.