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George Washington Carver – Botanist, Inventor and Educator One of the most phenomenal scientists of the early 20th Century. He found amazing uses for the peanut, sweet potato and soy bean that continue to enrich our lives. And against racial obstacles, his achievements paved the way for generations of young African American scientists The ultimate…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Gerty Theresa Cori!

Gerty Theresa Cori — Biochemist Often considered one of the greatest women scientists of the 20th century. The first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; known for her discovery (with husband Carl Cori and physiologist Bernardo Houssay) of how the body metabolizes glucose Born Gerty Theresa Radnitz in 1896 in…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla — Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Inventor One of science’s most amazing visionaries of all time, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla was considered a mathematical phenomenon since childhood, being able as a high school student to perform integral calculus in his head, which initially prompted his teachers to believe that he was cheating! This famous…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Eloy Rodriguez

Plant Biologist Eloy Rodriguez came from humble beginnings and now is a leading authority on ethnobotanical medicine. Eloy Rodriguez is an expert of  ethnobotanical medicine (the benefits of natural plants to healing and disease prevention). He coined the concept and study of zoopharmacognosy, the process by which non-human animals(such as apes) self-medicate by selecting and…