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Forgotten Genius
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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"Forgotten Genius" is a fascinating and largely unknown story of scientific triumph and racial inequality. It covers the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century.

The grandson of Alabama slaves, Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. Percy Julian won worldwide acclaim for his work in organic chemistry, and as the first black director of an industrial chemistry research lab.

NOVA reveals Julian's remarkable story in this special two-hour presentation. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars as Julian; actor Courtney B. Vance narrates. Through dramatic period re-enactments, archival footage, and interviews with those who knew him best, Julian's science and gripping biography come to life onscreen.

Working Title: Percy Julian



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Chicago: “NOVA; Forgotten Genius,” 12/06/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_52546D1347EA407CB7207A3C3941DF60.
MLA: “NOVA; Forgotten Genius.” 12/06/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_52546D1347EA407CB7207A3C3941DF60>.
APA: NOVA; Forgotten Genius. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_52546D1347EA407CB7207A3C3941DF60
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