George Washington Carver
African American Scientist
Facts about Carver:
- Born into slavery in 1864
- Died January 5th, 1943
- Learned how to read and write from his owner's wife.
- Did much of his work with plants.
- Hired by Booker T. Washington at the African-American Tuskegee Institute.
- Found new uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and pecans including plastics, paints, dyes and a kind of gasoline.
- Advised Theodore Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi on matters of agriculture.