Scientists From Alabama

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Alabama has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Percy Lavon Julian, Frederick Chapman Robbins, Eugene Sledge, Michael E. Brown, Robert J. Van de Graaff and others.
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Eugene Sledge
(Biologist, Soldier, Academic, University teacher, Writer)
Eugene Sledge
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Birthdate: November 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 3, 2001

Eugene Sledge was a US Marine, author, and university professor. He is remembered for chronicling his Second World War combat experiences in a memoir titled With the Old Breed, which was used as source material for a television documentary miniseries titled The War. The memoir also inspired the 2010 HBO miniseries, The Pacific, where Sledge was played by Joseph Mazzello.

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Percy Lavon Julian
(One of the First African Americans to Receive a Doctorate in Chemistry)
Percy Lavon Julian
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Birthdate: April 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 19, 1975

Percy Lavon Julian was an American chemist whose work paved the way for the production of birth control pills and corticosteroids. Julian went on to start his own company which helped reduce the price of steroid intermediates. In 1973, Percy Lavon Julian was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and became the first African-American to receive this honor.

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Michael E. Brown
(Astronomer)
Michael E. Brown
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Birthdate: June 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Princeton and UCB alumnus and Caltech professor Michael E. Brown is credited with discovering many "dwarf planets" and was the man behind Pluto’s demotion from a planet to a "dwarf planet." Named to Wired Online's 2006 list of the Top Ten Sexiest Geeks, he has also authored a bestselling memoir.
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Robert J. Van de Graaff
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Birthdate: December 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 16, 1967
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Lynika Strozier
(Biologist)
Lynika Strozier
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Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 7, 2020
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Kathryn P. Hire
(Astronaut)
Kathryn P. Hire
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Birthdate: August 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Frederick Chapman Robbins
(Virologist and Paediatrician)
Frederick Chapman Robbins
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Birthdate: August 25, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 4, 2003

Nobel Prize-winning American pediatrician and virologist Frederick Chapman Robbins is best remembered for his pathbreaking research on the poliomyelitis virus, which later helped in the development of polio vaccines. He also taught pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University and worked with the US Army’s virus and rickettsia lab.

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Waldo Semon
(Inventor)
Waldo Semon
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Birthdate: September 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 26, 1999
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Frank J. Low
(Physicist)
Frank J. Low
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Birthdate: November 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 11, 2009