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Documentary film maven David L. Wolper returns to the scene with a ten-part series profiling 50 international icons of the 20th century. In part eight, he presents five "giants of science." George Washington Carver was an American educator and agricultural innovator best known for his work with peanuts, cotton, and soil preservation. The Wright brothers were the American duo who invented and flew (at Kitty Hawk in 1903) the world's first airplane. Austrian Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis who theorized that many psychological problems are rooted in unresolved infantile psychosexual conflicts and whose theories heavily influenced 20th century thought. Alexander Fleming was the British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin, the first successful antibiotic. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his achievements. German physicist Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity -- the primary component in the exploitation of atomic energy -- and is considered one of, if not the premiere scientist of the 20th century. ~ Sarah Block, Rovi