April 11, 1899: Chemist Percy Julian Is Born
On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Julian (today’s Google Doodle) was born. Julian held more than 100 chemical patents, wrote scores of papers on his work, and received dozens of awards and honorary degrees.
The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry—a man who would eventually find freedom in the laboratory.
Watch NOVA's “Forgotten Genius,” the story of how African American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.