George Washington Carver was one of the greatest scientists that ever lived. From his humble beginnings, he rose to invent hundreds of products, gaining fame and respect from around the world. Let's look at some facts about this great man and a timeline of events in his life.
Life & Major Events: A Timeline
1864 – George Washington Carver was born in Diamon, Missouri to slave parents.
1865 – George Washington Carver was kidnapped along with his mother by the Ku Klux Klan and was later returned to the owners.
1878 – George began his formal education and left home to study in a school that accepted African-Americans.
1890 – George was accepted into the Simpson Art College.
1891 – George was the first black person to attend Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University). George excelled in his classes and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture.
1896 – George received a Master of Agriculture degree from Iowa State College.
1896 – George accepted the position at Tuskegee Institute and became the Director of Agricultural Research.
1910 – George resigned from the Tuskegee Institute due to the poor working conditions.
1919 – George had made several innovations with peanuts and was invited to speak in front of big producers of peanuts. He had over 100 different products which included peanut butter.
1921 – George was recognized by President Theodore Roosevelt for his accomplishments.
1923 – George received the Spingam Medal for Distinguished Service to Science.
1928 – George received his Doctor of Science from Simpson College.
1937 – George and Henry Ford met in Dearborn, Michigan where they worked on plastics made out of soybeans to be used in cars.
1938 – The Hollywood film "Life of George Washington Carver" was made.
1940 – George donated over 60,000 dollars to the George Washington Carver Foundation.
1943 – George Washington Carver died as a result of a fall down a flight of stairs. He was buried next to his lifelong friend and activist Booker T. Washington.