In fulfilling their roles as citizens, chemists have taken leading roles in government in war and peace. A few chemists who became public servants in the course of their careers are profiled here, but those who worked for public and environmental health also belong in this category.
At the age of 27, James Bryant Conant revealed to his fiancée three carefully hidden ambitions, or what he was later to call “my several lives.”
Mary Lowe Good’s chemical career took her to the corridors of political decision making in Washington, D.C.
With an education in chemistry, Margaret Tolbert has risen from humble beginnings to a working life that has covered a wide variety of activities in education, industry, and government, and taken her around the world.