Scientists From South Carolina

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Ernest Everett Just
Birthdate: August 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 27, 1941

Ernest Everett Just was an African-American biologist and academic. He is credited with recognizing the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. As a black boy growing up in the late 19th century, he had to face enormous challenges before he could establish himself in his career. He co-founded the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  

Charles H. Townes
Birthdate: July 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 27, 2015
Catherine Coleman
(Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)
Catherine Coleman
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Joel Roberts Poinsett
(15th US Secretary of War (1837 – 1841))
Joel Roberts Poinsett
Birthdate: March 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 12, 1851

Joel Roberts Poinsett was an American diplomat, physician, and slave owner. He served as the United States Minister to Mexico from 1 June 1825 to 17 October 1829. He also served as the 15th US Secretary of War from 7 March 1837 to 4 March 1841. 

Joseph L. Goldstein
(Molecular Geneticist)
Joseph L. Goldstein
Birthdate: April 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries

American molecular geneticist Joseph L. Goldstein was born to clothing store owner parents in South Carolina. He ended up winning a Nobel Prize for his research on cholesterol metabolism, which later helped researchers develop statin drugs. He currently chairs the molecular genetics department of the University of Texas.

Kelly Miller
(American mathematician)
Kelly Miller
Birthdate: July 18, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 29, 1939
Robert F. Furchgott
Birthdate: June 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 19, 2009

American pharmacologist and Nobel laureate Robert F. Furchgott revolutionized medical science by discovering that nitric oxide acts as a signal in the cardiovascular system of mammals. The Northwestern University alumnus had begun his career as a Cornell faculty member and was later associated with the SUNY-Brooklyn pharmacology department.

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South Carolina has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Charles H. Townes, Ernest Everett Just, Joseph L. Goldstein, Robert F. Furchgott, Catherine Coleman and others.