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Episode 24 - Hidden Figure

Released Wednesday, 8th February 2017
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Honolulu, Hawaii. Home to the University of Hawaii. And in the early 1900’s, when today’s story takes place, it was much different than the school it is today. Instead of teaching almost 20,000 young minds in one of the most beautiful places on earth, it was a struggling campus with 21 undergrads in attendance. It’s steady growth especially from 1914 to 1927 was credited to the President of the university, Arthur L Dean. Dean graduated from Harvard in 1912 and went to work for Yale university teaching philosophy until he got a call from the University of Hawaii saying they were interested in bringing him on as president. He took the job and went on to achieve some scientific fame through some of his research which, in turn helped the popularity of the school. The research he became known for was a cure for leprosy. Called The Dean Method after himself. This is an excerpt from the front page of The voice of Hawaii, Hawaii’s daily newspaper at the time when Arthur Dean retired. “Dr.
Arthur L Dean is the discoverer of chaulmoogra oil which has been used with very satisfactory results in treating cases of leprosy. The research work in chaulmoogra oil derivatives will continue in the university under the direction of Dr. Arthur L Dean.” He was honored in the university and they put his name on the biology building and renamed it after him
It should also be known that Dr Arthur L Dean was accused of plagiarizing in it’s entirety that same leprosy cure research from a young, black female chemist from Seattle not even a year after she died at 24 years old. Today, we hear her story
Her name was Alice Ball, and she was incredible. If you try searching for anything more than a small biography on Alice, you won’t find much. Very little is known about her and her short life. But among the few people who researched Alice Ball to dig up more of her story is Dr. Kathryn Takara.

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