Thursday, April 5, 2012

Forgotten Genius: Dr. Percy Julian

NOVA presents the remarkable life story of Percy Julian–-one of the most accomplished African-American scientists of the 20th century, and an industrialist, self-made millionaire, humanitarian and civil-rights pioneer. The grandson of Alabama slaves, he won worldwide acclaim for his research in chemistry and broke the color barrier in American science more than a decade before Jackie Robinson did so in baseball. He discovered a way to turn soybeans into synthetic steroids on an industrial scale, enabling drugs like cortisone to be widely available to millions of arthritis suffer.

Percy Julian - Forgotten Genius [ Black Chemist ]



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