Research and Learn Black History in 2021: Pioneering Chemist, Dr. Percy Julian, Discovers Method to Synthesize Hormones From Plant Sources

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

Learn more by following these links

Biography- Dr. Percy Julian Biography

Science history- Dr. Percy Julian’s Scientific Contributions

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