One of Newark's first African-American physicians.
He was an English-born American chemist noted for his achievements in electroplating and his development of the electrochemical cell, named the Weston cell, for the voltage standard. He co-founded the Weston Electric Light Company in Newark and later won the contract to illuminate the Brooklyn Bridge.
A resident of Newark, he perfected the process for making patent leather, created malleable iron, invented a nail-making machine, and built his own steamboat. He is also credited with having invented a cut-off switch for steam engines and a method for producing zinc from ore.
Sherry Beth Ortner is an award-winning cultural anthropologist and has been a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA since 2004. She is an alumna of Weequahic High School and wrote a book, "
New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture, and the Class of '58" about her 1958 graduating class.
Thomas Alva Edison
He began his career in Newark. He was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Dr. Victor Parsonnet
He conducted research and studies with pioneers of the heart surgery field, Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley. Dr. Parsonnet was the first surgeon in New Jersey to implant a permanent pacemaker (1961) and to complete a heart transplant (1985) and kidney transplant at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark. A 1941 Weequahic grad.