George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was the great black scientist who was considered the world’s top authority on peanuts and sweet potatoes and their products. Born a slave, he worked his way through college in the north and then returned to the south, desiring to devote his life to improving the quality of southern farm lands and the economic prosperity of his people. As a faculty member of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he turned down a number of much more lucrative offers, as the fame of his genius as an agricultural chemist spread. He developed over 300 products from the peanut and over 118 from the sweet potato.
Carver was also a sincere and humble Christian, never hesitating to confess his faith in the God of the Bible and attributing all his success and ability to God. In 1939 he was awarded the Roosevelt medal, with the following citation:
To a scientist humbly seeking the guidance of God and a liberator of the white race as well as the black.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.