Dr. Ernest Everett Just (1883-1941) was an early 20th century embryologist who devoted his career to studying the role of the cell surface and the early development of marine invertebrates in the United States and abroad. Just grew up outside of Charleston, South Carolina as a member of a Gullah community and earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth in 1903 and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1916. Just was one of the first African Americans to receive acclaim as a scientist internationally. He conducted research abroad in France and Italy, and was the first American to be invited to conduct research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Germany. Before his work abroad, he was a faculty member at Howard University for several years. In 1911 he became a founding member and faculty adviser of the African American fraternity Omega Psi Phi.
The Biology of the Cell Surface written by Earnest Everett Just. The front cover is red leather. The spine has black and gold accents [The Biology Of The Cell Surface / Just / Blakiston]. There are 392 pages. The interior cover has three signatures of previous owners of the book. There are fifteen chapters that include: The Protoplasmic System, The Ectoplasm, Chromosomes and Ectoplasm. The back interior cover has two inscriptions with numbers. The back cover is blank.