Scientists From South Carolina

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Ernest Everett Just
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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.  

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

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Joseph L. Goldstein
(Molecular Geneticist)
Joseph L. Goldstein
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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.

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Kelly Miller
(American mathematician)
Kelly Miller
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Birthdate: July 18, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 29, 1939
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Robert F. Furchgott
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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.