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Donald F. Othmer Collection: Birthday scrapbooks


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Donald F. Othmer was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 11, 1904. He attended the University of Nebraska and received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1927. Upon graduation he worked for the Eastman Kodak Company where he was responsible for over forty patents. In 1932 he left Kodak to accept a teaching position at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1937 he was made Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, a post he retained until 1961 when he was named Distinguished Professor. He remained affiliated with this institution until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1976. In addition to hundreds of published papers and over 150 US patents, Donald F. Othmer co-edited (with Raymond E. Kirk) The Kirk Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. In 1978 Donald F. Othmer was awarded the Perkin Medal. He died in New York City on November 1 1995.

A small black scrapbook commemorates the 85th Birthday and is essentially a album of color snapshots with a few congratulatory letters at the back. The 70th Birthday is represented by a larger white binder and consists of letters, cards, artworks but no photographs.

This collection consists of two scrapbooks created to commemorate Donald F. Othmer's 75th and 80th birthdays.

Source of acquisition--Donald F. Othmer. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--1996..

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