"Forgotten Genius" on PBS: Percy Julian's story
Tonight on PBS at 7pm Central, Nova is airing "Forgotten Genius," the story of Percy Julian, an African American chemist who made a number of ground-breaking discoveries during the early and mid 1900s.
The 2 hour long program will include "Archival footage, dramatic reenactments featuring Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and remarks from family and friends tell the story of organic chemist Percy Julian (1899-1975)."
The accompanying site has an interactive timeline of his many contributions, including work with alkaloids that had implications for therapy of heart disease symptoms and glaucoma, a discovery that helped launch the steroid industry, and developing scores of products from the soy bean including a foam that helped fight fires on US military vessels during WWII.
If you missed it or you just want to see it again, you can watch this episode of Nova online - they've divided it into 13 segments for easier viewing (available in QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or RealVideo formats).