Apr. 11, 1899 Montgomery Montgomery County Alabama, USA
Apr. 19, 1975 Waukegan Lake County Illinois, USA
Chemist, civil rights leader. He was research director of the soya products division and later chemicals development division of the Glidden Company (1936-1953), headed his own companies after 1953, is credited with synthesis of physostigmine for treatment of glaucoma, of the female sex hormone progesterone, and of a compound from soybean sterols making possible quantity production of cortisone.