Percy Lavon Julian: Pursuit of excellence - a life-long journey


Arnold L. Hirsch,, AgD Nutrition LLC, 2201 W. Campbell Dr, Chicago, IL 60612
The chemistry which consumed Dr. Percy L. Julian's interest over his long and distinguished career provided a forum from which Dr. Julian exhibited his dedication to the proposition that the pursuit of excellence was a path which led to a breakdown of the bigotry in society. Insight into some of the influences that directed Dr. Julian in his chemical explorations will be addressed. Synthesis of physostigmine, the many studies of soy bean derivatives and the manufacture of steroids gave rise to a lifetime of achievements that placed Dr. Julian clearly among the great chemists of his time and distinguished him as a leader in the chemical community.