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George Parshall papers

1959-2015
 Collection
Accession: 2792

Abstract

George Parshall (1929-2019) was an organometallic chemist who made notable contributions to homogeneous catalysis. He worked as a senior scientist at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for thirty-eight years. This small collection mainly consists of a three-volume autobiography that covers Parshall's life, from growing up during the Great Depression, World War II, education, marriage and family, and career with the DuPont Company.

Dates

  • 1959-2015

Creator

Extent

.33 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

George Parshall (1929-2019) was an organometallic chemist who made notable contributions to homogeneous catalysis. He worked as a senior scientist at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for thirty-eight years.

Parshall received a Bachelor of Science degree with the highest distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1954.

Parshall joined the Central Research Department at the DuPont Experimental Station in 1954, eventually becoming director of chemical sciences. His research focused on the activation of carbon-hydrogen bonds. Parshall conducted research studies on using molten salts in catalysis, nitrogen fixation, and organolanthanide chemistry. He worked on making critical polymer intermediates used in producing nylon, polyester, and spandex. Parshall retired from the DuPont Company in 1992.

After retirement, he assisted the National Research Council in developing methods to safely dispose of the U.S. Army's chemical weapons stockpile.

Parshall was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, received DuPont's Lavoisier Award, received two major awards from the American Chemical Society, was a guest lecturer, and wrote many scientific articles and a textbook.

Scope and Contents

This small collection mainly consists of a three-volume autobiography that covers Parshall's life, from growing up during the Great Depression, World War II, education, marriage and family, and career with the DuPont Company. The final chapter was written posthumously with the National Research Council. Included are eighteen of Parshall's patents, several issues of the "Del-Chem Bulletin," and a set of correspondence and articles that highlight Parshall's career archivements.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Separated Materials

Publications received as part of the same accession were transferred to Hagley's Published Collections Department. Contact the Published Collections Department for details.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
George Parshall papers
Status:
Author:
Laurie Sather
Date:
2022
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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