George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist, educator, and inventor. Carver is most famous for his research into and promotion of crops that could be alternatives to growing cotton. The alternative crop that gained the most exposure due to his research was the peanut. In fact, George was responsible for creating over 100 different products made from peanuts and shared various recipes for peanut-related food items.
In addition to Carver’s work on agricultural extension education and the development of alternative crops to cotton, he played a significant role in improving race relations. George served as an upstanding example of the importance of hard work and a good education. In fact, due to his various achievements and talents, Carver helped to undermine the notion of the time that African Americans were intellectually inferior to the white man.
George’s contributions to society are celebrated each year on January 5, the anniversary of his death, as a part of George Washington Carver Recognition Day.
- College/University Attended
- Iowa State University
- Original Major
- Major Changes
- Switched to Agriculture
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”