Born into slavery (exact date unknown) George Carver became an influential scientific figure. With understanding and supportive adoptive parents encouraging him to pursue an education George eventually became the first african-american professor at Iowa State. Afterwards he taught for 47 years at the Tuskegee Institute, transforming the Agricultural department. Most of Carver's work delved into soil depletion, and crop alternatives to cotton. He promoted crop-rotation, and even developed a mobile education unit to take his research and techniques out to the farmers directly. He donated his life's savings to develop the George Washington Carver Foundation at Tuskegee to continue agricultural research.