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Genius Dr. Percy Lavon Julian

He later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the wild Mexican yam.

His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs. 48 more words

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Who was Dr. Percy Julian?

 He was an African American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.[1]

He was the first to synthesize the natural product… 45 more words

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger: Great Moments in Shoe History

In the early days of shoemaking, shoes were made mainly by hand.

For proper fit, the customer’s feet had to be duplicated in size and form by creating a stone or wooden mold called a “last” from which the shoes were sized and shaped. 135 more words

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger---- Inventor of the Shoe Lasting Machine

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Revolutionary Shoe Maker

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was a revolutionary in the shoe industry with the invention of the lasting machine. Matzeliger was born on a coffee plantation in Dutch Guiana, now Suriname. 106 more words

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