Percy Lavon Julian was an African American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine; and was an African American pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones, steroids, progesterone, and testosterone, from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work would lay the foundation for the steroid drug industry's, and birth control pills.
April 8, 1990 Percy Julian, developer of drugs to combat glaucoma and methods to mass produce cortisone and George Washington Carver are the first African American Inventors admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the hall's 17-year history.
Today on the Google home page in the U.S. is a special Doodle, aka Google logo, for the 115th birthday of the late Percy Lavon Julian. Born today on April 11, 1899, he lived until 8 days after his 76th birthday, passing on April 19, 1975 in Waukegan...
pbsthisdayinhistory: April 11, 1899: Chemist Percy Julian Is Born On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Julian (today’s Google Doodle) was born. Julian held more than 100 chemical patents, wrote scores of papers on his work, and received dozens of awards and honorary degrees. The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a…
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"Self Made Millionaire" Was one of the first African American inventors admitted into the National inventors Hall of Fame. Percy Julian specialized in making drugs and medications from plants. As a young college student bound for DePauw, Percy Julian watched his family standing on the stations platform. His Grandfather, a former slave freed by the 13th Amendment, waved a hand missing two fingers, cut off as punishment for learning to write.
Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Percy Julian: Dr. Percy Julian was a pioneering chemist and scientist who developed a process that aided in the production of medicine from plants by way of chemical synthesis. Of Dr. Julian’s many achievements, chief among them is becoming the first African-American scientist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and just the second overall African-American of any field to do so. Click to read more
Percy L. Julian (1899-1975)Invented: The Process Of Synthesis. Synthesis was critical to the medical industry as it allowed scientists to create chemicals that were rare in nature. The chemist’s work led to the birth control pill and improvements in the production of cortisone. In 2007 the PBS Nova series created a documentary on Julian’s life called Forgotten Genius.