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 via @Edie Harris
Dr. Percy Lavon Julian overcame poverty and became the first African American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Racism persisted throughout his life & career but so did he. HappyBirthday Professor Julian!
Dr. Percy Lavon Julian overcame #poverty & #segregation to become the first African American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Racism persisted throughout his #life & career but so did he.
"Self Made Millionaire" Was one of the first Black 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.
African American research chemist Percy Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone and steroids. He is one of the first African Americans to receive a Ph.D in chemistry. Julian led research that resulted in the mass production of hormones which led to widely available birth control. He was also a active fundraiser for the NAACP.
Percy Lavon Julian later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican wild yam. His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs.