A steroid chemist and an entrepreneur, Percy Julian ingeniously figured out how to synthesize important medicinal compounds from abundant plant sources, making them more affordable to mass-produce.
-Science History Institute
Dr. Percy Lavon Julian 4/11/1899-4/19/1975
- Grandson of a slave
- Earned his PhD: Studied at University of Vienna, Harvard University, De Pauw University
- Dr. Julian’s synthesis methods (using plant sources like soybeans) have been used to produce hormones to treat rhematoid arthritis and to prevent miscarriage.
- Founded Julian Laboratories which he later sold to Smith, Kline and French. Smith, Kline and French ultimately, via several mergers and aquisitions, became GlaxoSmithKline
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