Wilson, Robert E. (Robert Erastus), 1893-1964

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Chemical engineer, businessman, and public official.

From the description of Robert E. Wilson papers, 1920-1964 (bulk 1945-1964). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79452981

Biographical Note

  • 1893, Mar. 19: Born, Beaver Falls, Pa.
  • 1914: Ph.B., College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1916: B.S., chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Research assistant, Research Laboratory, General Electric Co. Married Pearl M. Rockfellow
  • 1916 - 1917 : Research associate, Research Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1917 - 1918 : Consulting chemical engineer, Bureau of Mines, Washington, D.C.
  • 1918 - 1919 : Captain and later major, Chemical Warfare Service, during World War I
  • 1919: Director, Research Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1919 - 1922 : Associated with Arthur D. Little, Inc.
  • 1922 - 1958 : Worked for Standard Oil Co. of Indiana; chairman of the board and chief executive officer, 1945-1958
  • 1934 - 1945 : Vice president and president, Pan American Petroleum and Transport Co., principal subsidiary of Standard Oil Co. of Indiana
  • 1949 - 1950 : Member, Special Advisory Group to the Chairman, Research and Development Board, National Military Establishment
  • 1960 - 1964 : Commissioner, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
  • 1964, Sept. 1: Died, Geneva, Switzerland

From the guide to the Robert E. Wilson Papers, 1920-1964, (bulk 1945-1964), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974. person
correspondedWith Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954 person
correspondedWith Davies, Ralph K. (Ralph Kenneth), 1897-1971 person
correspondedWith Holifield, Chet, 1903- person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
associatedWith National Industrial Conference Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Standard Oil Company (Indiana) corporateBody
correspondedWith Tremmel, Ernest B., 1916- person
associatedWith U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Nuclear energy
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum industry and trade--Indiana
Chemical engineers
Public officials


Birth 1893

Death 1964


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