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Breaking into industry (1936)
His success with physostigmine led directly to Julian landing the position of director of research at Chicago's Glidden Company, a stunning achievement given that most black chemists were all but entirely blocked from industry during the 1930s. In his 17 years at Glidden, Julian would obtain over 100 patents, thanks mostly to the versatile soybean plant. Using this so-called "miracle bean," he developed dozens of products, from water-based paints to paper coating to protein-rich foods, soon generating millions in revenue for the company.

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