Media Alert: Percy Julian Honored

March 12, 1999

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American Chemical Society Honors Black Chemist Percy Julian At Anaheim Meeting

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of black chemist Percy Julian's birth and accomplishments, the American Chemical society is sponsoring a special symposium highlighting his contributions and pioneering research in the chemical synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Julian's accomplishments include the first total synthesis of the glaucoma drug physostigime and development of a low cost synthetic method for making a form of the antiarthritis drug cortisone. Following the symposium, the ACS is hosting a luncheon at which U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., will speak.

WHAT: Symposium honoring the 100th Anniversary of Percy Julian

WHEN: Monday, March 22, 8:30-11 a.m.

WHERE:Anaheim Hilton, California Pavilion B

WHO: Bernard Witkop, National Institutes of Health; B. J. Evans, Morehouse College; Eloy Rodriguez, Cornell University; James Mitchell, Lucent Technologies; Paula T. Hammon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ned D. Heindel, Lehigh University, and Leo Slater, Chemical Heritage Foundation

A nonprofit organization with a membership of nearly 159,000 chemists and chemical engineers, the American Chemical Society publishes scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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