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Forgotten Genius


Narrated by Courtney B. Vance
Starring Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Percy Julian
Tuesday, February 6 at 8pm ET/PT on NOVA

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NOVA presents the remarkable life story of Percy Julian—one of the great African American scientists of the 20th century. The grandson of Alabama slaves, Julian won worldwide acclaim for his work in organic chemistry and broke the color barrier in American science more than a decade before Jackie Robinson did so in baseball. A brilliant chemist, Julian discovered a way to turn soybeans into synthetic steroids on an industrial scale. His innovative approach to chemistry helped to make drugs like cortisone widely available.

In "Forgotten Genius," a special two-hour presentation, NOVA brings to life Julian's scientific breakthroughs and gripping biography, with vivid period reenactments based on newly accessible family archives and interviews with dozens of colleagues and relatives.

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Major funding for "Forgotten Genius" is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation*, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding provided by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Chemical Society, American Playhouse, and Mr. and Mrs. William G. Brown.

*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0229297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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