George Washington Carver
After George graduated from Iowa State, he went on a career of teaching and research. Carver's special status came from his achievements, as well as a degree from a prominent institution not normally opened to black people. Areas of research and training including methods of crap rotation and the making of different cash crops for farmers in places heavily planted with cotton. Carver's difficult work at Tuskegee Institute included amazing research on plant biology that brought him to national prominence. Many of these early experiments focused on the making of new uses for plants such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans. The hundreds of things he invented includes plastics, paints, dyes and even a kind of gasoline!