George Washington Carver

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Black History Month Spotlight

Brief Biography:

George Washington Carver went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using the peanut—including dyes, plastics and gasoline.

After graduating from Iowa State, Carver embarked on a career of teaching and research. In addition to formal education in a traditional classroom setting, Carver pioneered a mobile classroom to bring his lessons to farmers.

Carver's prominence as a scientific expert made him one of the most famous African-Americans of his time. Carver used his celebrity to promote scientific causes for the remainder of his life.