Meet Percy Julian


By Dr Charles Margerison

Meet Percy Julian in this great audio story from The Amazing People Club. He was an amazing chemist who was responsible for major breakthroughs in the use of soyabean oil, steroids and cortisone. He was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry and the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1899, he faced the struggles of segregation. He beat all odds by getting his high school education, being accepted into university and finally going on to study at Harvard. His intellectual perseverance and conviction resulted in key breakthroughs in chemistry.

Percy Julian’s story comes to life through BioViews®. These are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. They provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.

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