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Family, Childhood, and Early Education 1
Parents attend Cornell University. Father discovers process for copper extraction. Exposure to chemistry through summer jobs at Calumet and Hecla Copper Company.
Cornell University 3
Enrolls in academically limited chemistry program. Frustrated by research supervisor's inflexibility. Summer jobs at Camulet and Hecla.
National Aniline and Chemical Company 8
Works on the nitro and indigo benches. The Great Depression heightens realization that he lacks a liberal arts education to deal with social problems.
University of Chicago 10
Enrolls in philosophy program with hope to discover a personal philosophy. Studies literature, economics, and other disciplines which he finds useful later in life. Takes advantage of Chicago's cultural offerings. Makes several close friends. Explores socialism and union organizing. Hitchhikes to Washington to work for a summer on a friend's family's fruit farm while resolving indecision over his career path.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 25
Enrolls in graduate program in physical chemistry. Works on temperature measurement methods. Marries a fellow physical chemist.
Harvard University 29
Receives National Research Fellowship. Wife receives Ph.D. and works at Harvard Medical School. Studies PVT properties of nitrogen and argon. Appointed to the Harvard Committee on Geophysical Research to study solubility relations of aqueous solutions at high temperatures.
National Aniline and Chemical Company 34
Studies kinetics of oxidation of benzene to maleic anhydride.
M. W. Kellogg Company/Polymerization Process Corporation (POLYCO) 37
Develops Benedict-Webb-Rubin equation of state for gases and continuous flow calorimeter. Works on separation of hydrogen from gas mixtures.
Manhattan Project 46
Works for Kellex, a subsidiary of Kellogg, as head of process development. Charged with developing gaseous diffusion cascade and designing a plant for separating uranium at Oak Ridge. Also involved in building and operating the plant.
Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. 54
When the war ends, decides to remain with colleagues from Oak Ridge rather than return to a more limited position at Kellogg. Obtains patents for mass diffusion and gas absorption. Works on extraction of deuterium.
Atomic Energy Commission 57
Member of the Reactor Safeguard Committee. Connections lead to return to MIT.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 60
Organizes nuclear engineering courses within chemical engineering department. Separate nuclear engineering department is established. Serves as department head for thirteen years. Opportunities for graduates expand as time progresses. Works on General Advisory Committee of Atomic Energy Commission. Wishes to be remembered for his role in educating others.