Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 7

George Washington Carver Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2005 on The History Channel
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George Washington Carver Tech
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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    • 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.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • 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

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