Papers of Sam S. Brody
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Sam S. Brody was an American chemist. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 8, 1929, Brody attended the University of Chattanooga, then earned his graduate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1956. Upon graduation, he went to work as a chemist at E.I. Du Pont.
In 1963, Brody was hired as a senior chemist at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories and was later promoted to manager of the firm's program for Instrumentation Development and Applied Research. During his eight-year tenure at Melpar/Meloy, he co-invented the phosphorus and sulfur selective flame photometric detector. Brody and his coworkers also worked on a pre-prototype version of a chromatograph inlet system, which was developed for use by the United States Army to test dispersion of chemical agents in the air.
After leaving Melpar/Meloy, Brody worked for Analytical Instrument Development Company, Roy F. Weston, Incorporated, Taylor Instrument Company, and Eastman Kodak Company. He also served several stints as an independent consultant.
Sam S. Brody retired as a consultant in 2000.
Papers of Sam S. Brody, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Papers of Sam S. Brody contain the professional papers of American chemist Sam S. Brody. The materials in this collection mainly document his eight-year tenure with Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. The collection is arranged into the following four series:
- Personal Reference Files
- Application Notes
- Papers Delivered by Sam S. Brody
The Papers of Sam S. Brody were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Sam S. Brody in 2004.
The Papers of Sam S. Brody were processed by Andrew Mangravite in February 2005.
- Air -- Pollution
- Chemical agents (Munitions)
- Diffusion processes
- Flame photometry
- Gas chromatography
- Scientific apparatus and instruments
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- Finding aid created by Andrew Mangravite and encoded into EAD by Kenton G. Jaehnig.
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- Access Restrictions
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.
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The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Papers of Sam S. Brody. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Arranged alphabetically by subject, this series contains Sam S. Brody's personal reference files. The files in this series primarily document the various projects Brody supervised at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. Its contents consist of correspondence, advertising material from instrument manufacturers, and photocopies of papers used by Brody in his work.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains technical notes collected by Sam S. Brody. Its contents consist of technical notes issued by F and M Scientific Company, Wilkens Instruments and Research, Incorporated, Perkin-Elmer Corporation, Melpar, Incorporated, Meloy Laboratories, and Roy F. Weston, Incorporated.
Arranged in its original order, this series mainly concerns papers presented by Sam S. Brody at conferences and symposia. Materials for the draft version of the instrumentation manual for the chromatograph inlet system developed for the United States Army and the associated gas chromatograph are also present here.
The contents of this series consist mainly of conference and symposia papers. Reprint requests, photographs, page proofs, and illustrations are preserved here as well.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains Sam S. Brody's patent files. Most of the materials in this series concern Brody's co-invention of the flame photometric detector at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. A small amount of materials regarding a log linear electrometer and a gas chromatographer are also preserved here.