George Washington Carver was an African American scientist and inventor, best known for the many uses he devised for the peanut. Carver attended Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1894 and a master’s in 1896. Then joined the faculty of Booker T. Washington‘s Tuskegee Institute. He focused on the development of new uses for crops including peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans. Carver invented hundreds of products, including more than 300 from peanuts, and 118 from sweet potatoes. Due to cotton production on the decline in the South, Carver suggested planting peanuts and soybeans to restore nitrogen to the soil.
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
(c. 1864 – January 5, 1943)