Rochow, Eugene George, 1909-....

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Birth 1909-10-04
Death 2002-03-21
English, German

Biographical notes:

Eugene G. Rochow was born in Newark, NJ, on 4 October 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, he 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 21 March 2002 in Fort Myers, Florida.

From the description of Papers of Eugene G. Rochow, 1932-1999 (bulk 1935-1998) (Chemical Heritage Foundation). WorldCat record id: 72700425

Rochow taught chemistry at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Eugene George Rochow, 1963-1970 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973305

Born in Newark, New Jersey, on October 4, 1909. Education: B.Chem., Cornell University (1931), Ph.D., Chemistry, Cornell University (1935). Employment: 1931-1932 Halowax Corporation, 1932-1935 Cornell University, 1935-1948 General Electric Company Research Laboratory, 1948- Harvard University.

From the description of Oral history interview with Eugene G. Rochow 1995 January 24 (Chemical Heritage Foundation). WorldCat record id: 746329430


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