Dr. Percy Julian

Dr. Percy Julian was a world-renowned chemist

Degree(s): Chemistry

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Undergraduate Institution: DePauw University

Graduate Institution: Harvard University, University of Vienna

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Photo Credit: Science History Institute

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Dr. Percy Julian was a world-renowned chemist whose work uncovered various uses for the chemicals found in soybeans. His work also included the creation of synthetic cortisone, which dramatically reduced the price of the drug, making it more accessible to millions of arthritis patients worldwide.

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Fun Fact: Although he never attended high school, Dr. Julian obtained graduate degrees and eventually taught at both Fisk and Howard University over the course of his career.

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