Google Salutes Chemist Percy Lavon Julian
On what would have been his 115th birthday, Google’s April 11th doodle salutes chemist Percy Lavon Julian.
Born in 1889 in Montgomery, Ala., Julian is credited with synthesizing chemicals from plants to create medicine. His discoveries led to inexpensive treatments for inflammatory afflictions such as glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis.
A graduate of DePauw University, Julian earned his Masters of Science degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D from the University of Vienna. Though he faced racial backlash throughout his academic and professional career, he continued to strive towards his goal and eventually established his own laboratory, Julian Laboratories, in 1954.
Julian had over 100 chemical patents to his name before passing away in 1975. He was inducted in National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990 and is the first black scientist to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
Salute to Google for recognizing a great! We are still glowing over their online homage to Dorothy Irene Height.
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