Julian, Percy Lavon (1899-1975), a United States chemist. His research during the 1940's made possible the quantity production of testosterone and progesterone (the male and female hormones) and cortisone from soybeans. He also produced soybean extracts that are used to put out fires, to make paint, and to coat paper. Julian, who was born in Montgomery, Alabama, attended DePauw and Harvard universities. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Vienna (1931) and taught chemistry at Fisk, DePauw, and Howard universities. He was a director of research for the Glidden Company, 1936-53. He headed Julian Laboratories, Inc., 1953-64, and the Julian Research Institute, 1964-75. In 1947 he was awarded the Spingarn Medal for outstanding achievement by a black American.
He built President Eisenhower an indoor golf-training machine, analyzed the Zapruder film and searched for an Egyptian pyramid's treasure chamber using cosmic rays. Aren't you dying to meet this wide-ranging scientist?
The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton?