Historic Markers Across Alabama

Percy Lavon Julian, Scientist and Humanitarian — 1899-1975 —

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Holt St at Bullock St, Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 21.888    W 086° 19.239
  32.3648    -86.32065
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJVJQ


Percy Lavon Julian
Scientist and Humanitarian

Born on the west side of Holt Street, April 11, 1899, Percy Lavon Julian entered Depauw University in 1916; graduated in chemistry with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Earned master's from Harvard, Ph.D. at the University of Vienna. His studies led to a synthetic drug for glaucoma. Experiments with soybean oils resulted in Compound S, an affordable synthetic form of cortisone for arthritis treatment. Julian's work included developments in production of artificial hormones and a foam for fighting fires onboard ships. Dedicated to relieving human suffering, he held over 130 patents at his death in April 1975. The U.S. issued a postage stamp in his honor in 1992.


More Information:

Wikipedia - Percy Lavon Julian

ACS – Chemistry for Life - Percy L. Julian and the Synthesis of Physostigmine

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