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Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World

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Published on Feb 3, 2014

This week Reactions is celebrating Black History Month with some amazing black scientists. These people have changed the world through chemistry.

0:23 - Percy Julian
0:54 - Mae Jemison
1:16 - Patricia Bath
1:32 - Betty Harris
1:52 - George Washington Carver

They've alleviated pain, saved crops and blasted into space, to name just a few of their long list of accomplishments. We're celebrating Black History Month with a new video featuring five black chemists who changed the world!

The video highlights the work of icons like astronaut and chemical engineer Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, as well as Percy Julian, a pioneer in synthesizing materials from plants, including a glaucoma drug from beans, a firefighting foam from soy protein and an arthritis treatment still used to treat millions of patients today.

Video by Sean Parsons
Narration and Script by Noel Waghorn
Series created by Adam Dylewski
Produced by the American Chemical Society and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

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