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Thompson, Thomas Gordon (28 November 1888–10 August 1961), chemist and oceanographer, was born in Rose Bank, New York, the son of John Haslam Thompson and Mary Elizabeth Langdon. He grew up in Brooklyn. Thompson’s interest in chemistry began in 1906 when he was hired as an assistant chemist at the American Brass Company, where he worked until 1911. He then studied chemistry at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, receiving his B.A. in 1914. With the aid of a Carnegie scholarship from the British Iron and Steel Institute, he continued his studies at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1915, earning his M.S. that year and earning his Ph.D. in 1918. Thompson wrote his dissertation, “Preservation of Iron and Steel by Means of Passifying Factors,” under the guidance of Horace G. Byers....