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Daniel Swern professional papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Daniel Swern was a chemist of world renown in the area of polymers and organic synthesis, credited with devising a process for using oxidized soybean oil to alter the texture and flexibility of vinyl. Swern came to Temple University in 1963 from the Fels Research Institute and a long tenure with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, where he turned his attention to basic cancer research. Dr. Swern received numerous awards during his distinguished career, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award for government service in 1955 and the American Chemical Society Award in 1963.

The papers of this prominent American chemist document over 40 years of his scientific research including reprints of approximately 280 articles along with correspondence; research notes and manuscripts for articles and chapters; lecture notes, exam sheets, and syllabi for advanced chemistry courses; talks prepared for academic and corporate audiences, with attendant correspondence; awards and grant proposals; patent documents.

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