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This online reading from the Black Inventor Online Museum focuses on Percy Julian. This reading explores the life, education, and experiences of Julian. As a teacher in organic chemistry at DePauw University, he worked with an associate of his from Vienna, Dr. Josef Pikl, on the synthesis of physostigmine, a drug which was used as a treatment for glaucoma. After much work and adversity, Julian was successful and became internationally hailed for his achievement. Julian developed compounds from soy-based products which could be used to make paints and other products. For the Glidden Company, Julian created a variety of products such as aero-foam which worked as a flame retardant. The flame retardant was used by the United States Navy and saved the lives of countless sailors during World War II. Copyright 2005 International Technology Education Association
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