FW: Percy Julian [Ala. native] at the Chemical Heritage Society
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Against all odds, African American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th century.
This February CHF offers three ways to learn more about this chemical innovator.
Tuesday,6 February, 8:00 to 10:00 pm on PBS
Science Alive! The Life and Science of Percy Julian on the CHF Web site
Science and Society Podcast discussion of Percy Julian's life and of the CHF-PBS collaboration
CHF encourages you to watch "Forgotten Genius," Tuesday, 6 February, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. It is a great TV program in which chemistry plays a central and positive role. Please tell your friends and family to watch as well.
Percy Julian was born in 1899, the grandson of slaves in Alabama . He dreamed of becoming a chemist from an early age but had to overcome the hardships of segregation in 20th century America throughout his education and brilliant career. Early in his career Julian devised a flame retardant that saved the lives of thousands of sailors during World War II.
Later, he discovered a way to turn soybeans into synthetic steroids on an industrial scale. His innovative approach to chemistry helped to make drugs like cortisone widely available to millions.
Despite his great achievements, he suffered all the indignities and dangers of segregation. His house was bombed, he was snubbed by lesser men, and he was even turned away from whites-only facilities in the American South. Throughout his life ,chemistry provided the path to success for Julian, so it is portrayed as a very noble calling.
CHF was involved in this exceptional project from the beginning, supporting and conducting research for the program and assisting at many key phases of production. One result of our research is our Web resource titled Science Alive! where curious viewers can learn more about Julian's life and work.
The NOVA Web site will have the full two-hour program available for viewing beginning Wednesday, February 7, for those who missed the original airing.
To learn more about this extraordinary man's life and science, CHF's other education programs, and ongoing CHF-PBS collaborations, listen to Dr. John Theibault on the popular Science and Society podcast. Theibault is education manager in the Roy Eddleman Institute for Interpretation and Education at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and oversees CHF's broad portfolio of online resources for students and teachers.
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