Dr. Julian as educator and humanist


James P. Shoffner, j.shoffner@sbcglobal.net, Science Institute, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 and Billy Joe Evans, bjemag@umich.edu, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1001.
Dr. Percy Julian spent most of his career as an R&D chemical scientist, directing laboratories, conducting world class research, owning and developing chemical businesses, and consulting for international pharmaceutical firms. Although he was very successful at all of these pursuits, we see him at heart as a great teacher and humanitarian, not necessarily qualities that are associated with the crafts and professions that he practiced for most of his professional life. Although his role as educator is usually mentioned in passing, it is seldom lifted up as something that he preferred to do; and probably would have done to a much greater extent had he been given an appropriate opportunity. A lover of poetry and music, great public speaker, a fine motivator and mentor of youth, an active supporter of human rights, he left a great legacy of achievements, both as a scientific genius and extraordinary human being. We will review his role as an educator and his life in the world and community as an advocate for civil rights and human rights for all people.