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Percy L. Julian '20

DePauw University celebrates Percy Lavon Julian '20

Chemist • Scholar • Entrepreneur • Civic Leader • Humanitarian

Significant Achievements:

  • Total synthesis of physostigmine at DePauw's Minshall Lab, 1935
  • Developed soya phosphaticles, a widely used food supplement; fire-fighting foam made from soybean oil (called bean soup); and cortisone's precursor at Glidden Company.
  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 1973