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 sufferers.
Visit the "Forgotten Genius" web site for more information on Dr. Percy Julian http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian/
"Forgotten Genius" wins an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Journalism Award, see: /news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111126.
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