Modern Marvels

George Washington Carver Tech

Season 12, Ep 7, Aired 2/15/05
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  • One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising from slavery to become one of the world's most respected and honored men, he devoted his life to understanding nature and the many uses for the simplest of plant life. His scientific research in the late 1800s produced agricultural innovations like crop rotation and composting. Part of the "chemurgist" movement that changed the rural economy, he found ingenious applications for the peanut, soybean, and sweet potato. At Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Carver invented more than 300 uses for the peanut, while convincing poor farmers to rotate cotton crops with things that would add nutrients to the soil. A visionary, Carver shared his knowledge free of charge, happy in his Tuskegee laboratory where he could use his gifts to help others.moreless

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    • Narrator: He introduced the lowly peanut to big business and changed the course of southern agriculture. He turned soybeans into plastic and carved his place in history. An orphaned slave set free with a microscope and a vision. Now, George Washington Carver Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • George Washington Carver (archival footage) Henry Ford (archival footage) Booker T. Washington (archival footage) Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival footage) Rudolf Diesel (archival footage) Dr. Walter A. Hill Dean, Agricultural Sci., Tuskagee University David Robinson 10-time NBA All-Star Dr. J. Frank McGill Prof. of Agronomy, Univ. of Georgia Benjamin Franklin Payton, PhD President, Tuskegee University Lana Henry George W. Carver Nat'l Monument Kay Hively Carver Historian Peter Dunca Burchard Carver Biographer Dr. Ralphenia Pace Food and Nutri. Training, Tuskegee U. Michelle Mosely Brand Manager, Peter Pan Ken McRee VP, Manufacturing, Golden Peanut Mike Boyd GM, Peanut Crushing Div., Golden Peanut Eric Niemann Chair, New Uses, United Soybean Board R.J. Fisher Consultant, United Soybean Board Amy Sigg Davis Director, United Soybean Board Sonja Tiegs Conservation Coordinator, Shedd Aquarium Joe Jobe Exec. Dir., Natl. Biosiesel Board Dr. Marceline Egnin Biotech and Genomic Lab, Tuskegee Univ. Dr. Desmond Mortley NASA Project Coordinator, Tuskegee Univ. B.D. Mayberry, PhD Former Carver Student Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Joanne Fish Producer: Joanne Fish Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Dan Gibbons Associate Producer: Emily Lau Editor: Robert Lattanzio Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Guy Thomas Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Anthony Lacques Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: John Knapp Researcher: Sean Heckman Researcher: Tom Barclay Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Henry Abler Camera: Ken Freund Camera: Dale Gray Camera: Pat Gregory Camera: Craig Kauffman Camera: Bruce Maniscalco Camera: David Palmer Field Audio: Joe Bryan Field Audio: Allen Green Field Audio: Jim Hamilton Field Audio: Michael Heid Field Audio: Ben Moyer Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Victor Bornia Historical Consultant: Peter Duncan Burchard Historical Consultant: Kay Hively Technical Consultant: Chris Toebben Special Thanks: Karen Andersen Scott Bentley Jenna Higgins Jay-Lin Jane Terry Kyle Rev. William Lennard Barb McBreen Perminus Mingara Brenda Murphy Keith Roberts The Carver Academy Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2005

    Trivia (4)

    • In 1925, Carver was granted a patent for making face cream primarily from peanuts.

    • Inventor Thomas Edison once offered Carver a six-figure salary to work for him. Carver declined and stayed at Tuskegee Institute, where he earned $1500 per year.

    • In 1921, Carver was invited to testify at a congressional hearing for a proposal tariff on peanuts. He was allotted ten minutes, but congressmen were so impressed by Carver's testimony that he was allowed to speak for over an hour and a half.

    • One of George Washington Carver's closest friends at Iowa State was James Wilson, who would later become Secretary of Agriculture under President William McKinley.

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