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sciencesoup: Badass Scientist of the Week: George Washington Carver George Washington Carver (1864–1943) was a botanist, an agricultural researcher and an educator. He was born on a small farm near Diamond Grove, Missouri, where his mother and brother were the only slaves of Moses and Susan Carver. When he was a baby, his mother was taken by Confederate night-raiders, and the Carvers raised the two boys as their own. George became interested in nature at a young age but schools were ...

The best portraits of 2015 – in pictures

From Bake Off winners and musicians to Mexican tequila farmers, artists and scientists, here are the top portraits taken by Guardian photographers this year

Portrait of Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker was a self-educated scientist, astronomer, inventor, writer, and antislavery publicist. He built a striking clock entirely from wood, published a Farmers' Almanac, and actively campaigned against slavery. He was one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science.

Benjamin Banneker 1795 African American author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner, at age 64. The unknown artist who created the portrait depicts Banneker in the Quaker garb he always wore, a simple dark jacket and white shirt -- although he was closely affiliated with Quakers, Banneker never became a member of the Religious Society of Friends. n the 1793 edition, Banneker included his correspondence with Thomas Jefferson

I've almost finished this and it's amazing. It's about a black woman whose cells were taken without her consent and then used to change the face of medicine. It also explains cell culture in a way that even I can understand ; )

Who Was Benjamin Banneker?

Who Was Benjamin Banneker?: A portrait of Benjamin Banneker on the cover of his Farmers Almanac - circa 1795

A Storyteller's Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time (eBook Sampler) by Doug Feavel - Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth…

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (Apr 22, 1904 – Feb 18, 1967) Theoretical Physicist and Professor of Physics at University of California, Berkeley. With Enrico Fermi, he is called "Father of the Atomic Bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project, World War II Project that developed the first nuclear weapons. First atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, Trinity test in New Mexico; He remarked later that it brought to mind words from Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of…