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Papers of Wallace H. Carothers


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Wallace H. Carothers was born in Burlington Iowa on April 27 1896. He attended undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Illinois Urbana where he studied under Roger Adams. In 1928 after several years teaching undergraduates at Harvard he accepted a position in Du Pont's newly formed fundamental research program. By 1930 he and his group, which included Julian W. Hill and the future Nobel Laureate in chemistry, Paul Flory, discovered both Nylon and Neoprene. Carothers suffered from depression and died by suicide in 1937.

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This collection is not a unified compendium, rather it is an assemblage of surviving materials.

Arranged in three series. 1. Manuscripts, notes and correspondance, 2. Reports, clippings and magazines, 3. Artifacts.

Source of acquisition--Wyland, Jane C. . Method of acquisition--gift ;; Date of acquisition--1998..

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