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.