Stanley, Wendell Meredith
- Seymour S. Cohen
Stanley, Wendell Meredith (16 August 1904–15 June 1971), Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Nobel Prize–winning scientist, was born in Ridgeville, Indiana, the son of James G. Stanley and Claire G. (maiden name unknown), the publishers of the local newspaper. Stanley attended public schools in the small town and after school assisted in the collection of news, in the printing shop, and in newspaper delivery. He attended the last two years of high school in Richmond, Indiana, and enrolled in Earlham College in that city in 1922. Stanley studied chemistry and mathematics and enjoyed a full social life. Although not a large young man, he played football throughout his college career and in his senior year was captain of a winning team. He was selected as an All-State end in a state noted for having several colleges with excellent sports programs. In addition to the acquisition of facts, Earlham College, formerly a Quaker school, emphasized the philosophical understanding of values and the importance of making moral and mental commitments. Stanley received a B.S. in 1926....