Herman Schroeder papersCreation: 1901-1997
H.E. Schroeder (1915-2009) was a research chemist who spent most of his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. His papers consist of documents and memorabilia covering his family and professional life.
- Creation: 1901-1997
- Schroeder, H. E. (Person)
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H.E. Schroeder (1915-2009) was a research chemist who spent most of his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Herman Elbert Schroeder was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 6, 1915. He attended Brooklyn's well-known Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School and completed all of his college studies at Harvard, receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1939.
He joined DuPont in 1938 and rose to become Director of Research and Development in 1963 to 1980, specializing in the fields of synthetic rubber and plastics. During this period, he received thirty-seven patents and published forty papers. After retirement, Schroeder served as a consultant to several major museums on the chemical aspects of art conservation, as well as being an industrial consultant and lecturer.
He received the Charles Goodyear Medal of the American Chemical Society and the Lavoisier Medal for research leadership from the DuPont Company. He died at the Stonegates retirement home in Greenville, Delaware on November 28, 2009.
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The Herman Elbert Schroeder papers are a mixed collection of documents and memorabilia covering his family and professional life. Personal items cover the Schroeder family history, biographical data, childhood and education, retirement letters, funeral plans, and notes on the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where Schroeder grew up.
Schroeder's professional life is covered by copies of some research papers, articles and patents, mostly on elastomers and particularly the history and chronology of neoprene. There are also biographical sketches of other DuPont scientists and a photograph of the Gossamer Albatross, a muscle-powered airplane sponsored by DuPont.
Materials relating to awards and honors include a copy of Schroeder's remarks at a Nobel Prize banquet for Ernst Ruska, materials relating to the 1987 Nobel Prize awarded to fellow DuPont chemist Charles J. Pedersen, correspondence regarding Schroeder's own numerous awards and honors, and his actual Lavoisier Medal.
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- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Organization)
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