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George Washington Carver

 
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Scientist and early advocate for industrial uses for farm crops (bio-energy). Carver earned a B.S. from the Iowa Agricultural College in 1894 and an M.S. in 1896. He became a member of the faculty of Iowa State College and then Tuskegee Institute. He was specifically interested in industrial applications from farm products -- a concept that was called "chemurgy" and adopted by conservative white agrarians in the late 1920s led by Henry Ford, Wheeler McMillan and William Hale. In both eras, the concept was a reaction to hard times in rural America.
 
 
         
    Environmental History Timeline
  Environmental History Timeline
Following conversations with other environmental historians. Long before Silent Spring, centuries before Greenpeace activists defied whalers' harpoons, many thousands of "green crusaders" tried to stop pollution, promote public health and preserve wi...
 
    Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father USA
  Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father USA
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and dipl...
 
    John Snow, Physician
  John Snow, Physician
John Snow, Physician, reformer. During the cholera epidemics of the late 1840s and early 1850s, physician John Snow realized that cholera is transmitted through contaminated water. His essay, "On the Mode of Communication of Cholera" was first publis...
 
    John Muir
  John Muir
Writer, conservationist. America's most famous and influential conservationist, John Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club and a major influence on conservation policy in the U.S. His family came to America when he was 11 and settled in Wisconsin....
 
    Henry Ford, Car Mass Production 1913
  Henry Ford, Car Mass Production 1913
Most people credit Henry Ford with inventing the automobile. The fact is he didn't. He did, however, introduce standardized interchangeable parts and assembly-line techniques in his plant. Which allowed for mass production of automobiles. Henry Fo...
 
    Gifford Pinchot
  Gifford Pinchot
Forrester and conservation advocate. Gifford Pinchot was one of America's leading advocates of environmental conservation at the turn of the twentieth century. He served as the Chief Forester or Teddy Roosevelt's U.S. Forest Service, two-term governo...
 
    Alice Hamilton
  Alice Hamilton
Physician, reformer, founder of occupational medicine in the U.S. Alice Hamilton was the founder of occupational medicine in the U.S. and the first woman on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She took a leading role in two major environmental con...
 
    Rachel Carson
  Rachel Carson
Author of Silent Spring (1962), Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1952), The Edge of the Sea (1955). Rachel Louise Carson was a writer, scientist, and ecologist whose book Silent Spring called for an end to indiscriminate pesticide use an...
 
    Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian Author
  Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian Author
Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian author, journalist, government official and political organizer who was brutally executed by the Nigerian dictatorship in response to a very successful campaign to challenge that government, Shell Oil Co. and the British...
 
         



 
 
         
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