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Life Chronology


  1899   Born April 11th in Birmingham, Alabama, to James Sumner Julian and Elizabeth Adams Julian  
  1920   Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian from DePauw University  
  1923   Received his MA degree from Harvard University  
  1927-32   Served as Assistant Professor, Professor and Head of Chemistry Department, Howard University  
  1931   Received his PhD degree from the University of Vienna, Austria  
  1932-36   Served as Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry, DePauw University; began work on the synthesis of physostigime, a drug used in treatment of glaucoma  
  1932-36   Director of Undergraduate research in the DePauw University Chemistry Department  
  1935   Married Anna Johnson, December 24; children: Percy Lavon, Faith Roscelle  
  1936-53   Directed research and managed fine chemicals for the Glidden Company; developed synthetic cortisone, an inexpensive drug in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as many other commercial and medicinal uses for soy-based products  
  1947   Received the Springarn Medal from the NAACP  
  1950   Received the Chicagoan of the Year award from the Chicago Sun-Times  
  1954   Founded Julian Laboratories in Oak Park, Illinois and Laboratorios Julian de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico  
  1961   Sold Julian Laboratories to Smith, Kline and French for 2.3 million dollars  
  1964   Retired as President of Julian Laboratories, Inc. and Laboratorios Julian de Mexico  
  1975   Died April 19 in Waukegan, Illinois