James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier

A framed portrait of James LuValle

Source: Photograph courtesy of the University Archives/Charles E Young Research Library/UCLA Library; Frame

Sports or science? There was never really any competition for a Black Olympian who made significant contributions to Kodak’s colour film, as Hayley Bennett discovers

James LuValle won a bronze medal in the 400m at the Berlin Olympic games in 1936, got a PhD under Linus Pauling at Caltech, and made important contributions to the development of colour photography at Kodak.