Othmer, Donald F.
- Josh McIlvain
Othmer, Donald F. (11 May 1904–01 November 1995), chemical engineer, was born Donald Frederick Othmer in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Frederick Othmer, a sheet metal worker, and Fredericka Darling Othmer. The family's finances were modest and Othmer claimed he earned every penny he spent, since he worked a paper route for 35 cents a week at age ten. He developed his engineering skills working with wood and metal in his father's shop. His inspiration for chemistry came from his Omaha Central High School teacher, Dr. H. A. Senter, a German chemist who modeled his classroom after Robert Bunsen's 1850 lab at Heidelberg University, complete with a continuous flame in the middle of the lab bench....