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Photographs from the Papers of Eugene G. Rochow

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Eugene G. Rochow was born in Newark, New Jersey, on October 4, 1909. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1935 and began working as a research chemist for General Electric. While at GE, Rochow discovered methyl silicone and developed a process now bearing his name to directly synthesize silicones for large-scale commercial and industrial use. In 1948, Rochow left GE for an associate professorship at Harvard University, achieving emeritus status in 1970. Rochow won numerous awards, including the Perkin Medal (1962) and the Alfred Stock Medal (1983), and holds honorary doctorates from the Carolo-Wilhelmina Universitat Braunschweig (1966) and the Technische Universitat Dresden (1992). He died on March 21, 2002 in Fort Myers, Florida.

This collection contains black and white and color print photographs and some negatives of chemist Eugene Rochow, his wife Helen, and assorted colleagues spanning 1913 to the 1990s. The earliest photographs depict Rochow at age 4 in 1913 and with his kindergarten class in 1915. Other photographs include formal portraits of Rochow, including two from when he was a Perkin Medalist in 1962, as well as snapshots of Rochow, his wife, and other family members. The collection also includes several portraits of Rochow's peers in the field of silicone chemistry, including British chemist Sir Frederic Stanley Kipping, German chemist Alfred Stock, and American chemist and inventor James Franklin Hyde, known as the "Father of Silicones." Several photographs of Rochow and colleagues at various ISOC Symposium, as well as photographs used as illustrations in Rochow's Silicon and silicones: About stone-age tools, antique pottery, modern ceramics, computers, space materials, and how they all got that way (1987) round out the collection.

Separated from the Papers of Eugene G. Rochow, 1932-1999 (bulk 1935-1998); Gift of Eugene G. Rochow, 2000.

Gift of Eugene G. Rochow, 2000.

Processed by Jennifer Nieling and Melanie Grear. Object identification numbers were assigned to individual photographs.

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Science History Institute Archives
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Finding aid created by Jennifer Nieling and encoded into EAD by Hillary S. Kativa.
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

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Collection Inventory

Portrait of Eugene G. Rochow taken in 1913 at age 4, 1913.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.002
Group portrait of Eugene Rochow's kindergarten class, 1915.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.003
Portrait of Eugene Rochow, circa 1935.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.004
Eugene and Helen Rochow at Christmas, late 1950s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.005
Portrait of Eugene Rochow, circa 1940s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.006
Portrait of Eugene Rochow, 1962.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.007
Portrait of Eugene Rochow, 1962.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.008
Snapshot of Eugene and Helen Rochow, circa 1990s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.009
Appears to be a magnified research image related to Rochow's work with silicones, undated.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.010
Portrait of British chemist Sir Frederic Stanley Kipping, circa 1930s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.011
Portrait of German chemist Alfred Stock, December 1937.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.012
Portrait of American chemist and inventor James Franklin Hyde, circa 1960s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.013
Portrait of William Fair Gilliam, circa 1950s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.014
Portrait of chemist Richard Miller, circa 1940s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.015
Eugene Rochow giving laboratory demonstration, December 1965.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.016
Photograph of Dana Palmer House at Harvard University, May 1948.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.017
Eugene Rochow and Sir Frederic Stanley Kipping, circa 1930s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.018
Aerial photograph of industrial facility identified as "RDC", 1984.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.019
Photograph of silicone-finished wooden house; Figure 7.5 in Silicon and Silicones (Rochow, 1987), circa 1958.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.020
Snapshot of funeral mask of King Tutankamen; Figure 1.3 in Silicon and Silicones (Rochow, 1987), undated.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.021
Photograph of wood-rendered water repellant; Figure 7.6 in Silicon and Silicones (Rochow, 1987), undated.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.022
Photograph of jars of Minoan pottery at the Palace of Knossos; Figure 1.2 in Silicon and Silicones (Rochow, 1987), undated.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.023
Color photograph of Rochow posing with two family members in Germany, circa 1990s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.024
Color photograph of Helen Rochow in Germany, circa 1990s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.025
Color photograph of Rochow family riding in horse-drawn cart, circa 1990s.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.026
Group portrait of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Poland, 1983.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.027
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.028
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.029
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.030
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.031
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.032
Color photograph of Rochow and colleagues at ISOC Symposium, Edinburgh, 1981.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.033
Color photograph of Eugene Rochow at 9th ISOC Symposium, 1990.
Box 1 Object 2000.034.034

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