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Google Doodle Honors Chemist Dr. Percy Julian


April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy's 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold - seeing today's Google Doodle honoring the man and his science.

"Dr. Julian’s story is a fascinating one and I encourage you to read over the ACS and Wikipedia entries. As you might imagine, he faced discrimination but also managed to find the opportunity for education, including his doctoral studies at the University of Vienna. Dr. Julian turned to private industry for employment after becoming frustrated with the academic pathway. Along the way he founded his own company and nonprofit research institute." — Read the rest of this amazing post written by the incredible Drugmonkey at "Faces of Neuropsychopharmacology: Percy L. Julian, Ph.D."

“Synthesis of Physostigmine” commemorative booklet produced by the National Historic Chemical Landmarks program of the American Chemical Society in 1999 (PDF).You can access it by clicking on the image.

Additional tributes to Dr. Julian are listed below. Check them all out and share generously.

From ASCP Lab Medicine: Percy Lavon Julian Pioneer of Medicinal Chemistry Synthesis

From Time: Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Black Chemist Percy Julian

From the Chemical Heritage Foundation: The Life and Science of Percy Julian

From the Black Inventor Online Museum: Percy Julian

And be sure to watch this PBS Nova Program, Forgotten Genius, about Dr. Julian with your family and/or students.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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