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 is famous for a phrase he never said, for wearing turtlenecks and for hosting the original 'Cosmos' TV series. As enthusiastic about the stars as he was about marijuana, Carl Sagan led a very surprising life. Here are 10 cool facts.
He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?