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Percy Julian Speaks

  • Posted 02.06.07
  • NOVA

When Percy Julian lectured on chemistry or spoke about his scientific career, he put on, as one friend noted, "a grand show." Hear the showmanship for yourself in audio excerpts from one of Julian's most notable speeches, which he delivered at Indiana University in the mid-1960s, when he was in the limelight as one of the country's most accomplished African-American scientists and businessmen.

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Hear the renowned chemist Percy Julian himself in these audio excerpts from a 1965 speech.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Forgotten Genius.

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