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George Washington Carver

Data de nascimento: 1864
Data de falecimento: 5. Janeiro 1943

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George Washington Carver foi um botânico, inventor, cientista e agrónomo norte-americano.

Trabalhou na extensão agrícola do sul dos Estados Unidos.

Ele ensinou técnicas agrícolas para a auto-suficiência dos antigos escravos e ficou conhecido por sugerir centenas de usos para o amendoim e outras plantas, como forma de aumentar os lucros da agricultura.

A soja e o amendoim foram objeto de grandes e pioneiras pesquisas de Carver, que até hoje são a base da indústria alimentícia mundial. Foi ele quem descobriu que a soja, que até então era usada para ração animal, é uma fonte valiosa de proteína e óleo. Na agricultura, ele propôs aos fazendeiros fazer a rotação de culturas, entre amendoim, soja, batata doce e apenas no terceiro ano plantar algodão - para surpresa dos fazendeiros, a produção se tornava a melhor de vários anos.

Foi um pioneiro também da aplicação de substâncias oriundas da agricultura para a indústria química, a quimurgia.

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„I know that my Redeemer lives. Thank God I love humanity, complexion doesn't interest me one single a bit.“

—  George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver: In His Own Words http://books.google.es/books?id=JcncXGNSJQQC&hl=es&source=gbs_navlinks_s (1991), edited by Gary R. Kremer, University of Missouri Press, p. 131

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„My attitude toward life was also my attitude toward science. Jesus said one must be born again, must become as a little child. He must let no laziness, no fear, no stubbornness keep him from his duty. If he were born again he would see life from such a plane he would have the energy not to be impeded in his duty by these various sidetrackers and inhibitions. My work, my life, must be in the spirit of a little child seeking only to know the truth and follow it. My purpose alone must be God's purpose - to increase the welfare and happiness of His people. Nature will not permit a vacuum. It will be filled with something. Human need is really a great spiritual vacuum which God seeks to fill... With one hand in the hand of a fellow man in need and the other in the hand of Christ, He could get across the vacuum and I became an agent. Then the passage, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," came to have real meaning. As I worked on projects which fulfilled a real human need forces were working through me which amazed me. I would often go to sleep with an apparently insoluble problem. When I woke the answer was there. Why, then, should we who believe in Christ be so surprised at what God can do with a willing man in a laboratory? Some things must be baffling to the critic who has never been born again.“

—  George Washington Carver
William J. Federer (2003), George Washington Carver: His Life & Faith in His Own Words http://books.google.es/books?id=Uyktcxy4MHkC&printsec=frontcover&hl=es#v=onepage&q&f=false, p. 68.

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