On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Julian (today’s Google Doodle) was born. Julian held more than 100 chemical patents, wrote scores of papers on his work, and received dozens of awards and honorary degrees.
The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry—a man who would eventually find freedom in the laboratory.
The Science Career Ladder doesn’t always take Explainers on a path to Science. In Todd’s story, working at the New York Hall of Science whipped him into shape and boosted his confidence to a level where he will succeed in any career.
"I feel I’ve not only seen the future, but am immersed in the details of these tragic cases…" says Ken Burns about False Conviction, the new iBook we’ve just produced with Jim Dwyer and The Innocence Project. Here’s the trailer.
To celebrate the last day of our “22 Days Of Invention” series, we wanted to give something back to the Tumblrverse. So, we had our friends at Tattly print temporary tattoos of Thomas Edison’s lightbulb patent.
Hit us up with some fan mail if you want one. UPDATE: Thanks for the response! Alas, there are no more tattoos. The fine print says you must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. for us to send you one. Additionally, Tumblr didn’t endorse, administer or sponsor these tats, and only the GE social media team will receive participant information.