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Lamb, Arthur Becket (25 February 1880–15 May 1952), chemist and editor, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the son of Louis Jacob Lamb, a jewelry manufacturer, and Elizabeth Becket. Lamb’s youthful interests in chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics were reinforced by his studies at Tufts College (A.B., A.M. 1900, Ph.D. 1904). ...

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James J. Mapes. Daguerreotype from the studio of Mathew B. Brady. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-109830).

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Mapes, James Jay (29 May 1806–10 January 1866), chemist and writer, was born in Maspeth, New York, the son of Jonas Mapes, a merchant and importer, and Elizabeth Tylee. While at a boarding school on Long Island, Mapes lived for a time with the English reformer William Cobbett. As a scientist, however, he was largely self-taught....

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Slosson, Edwin Emery (07 June 1865–15 October 1929), chemist and journalist, was born in the frontier town of Albany (now Sabetha), Kansas, the son of William Butler Slosson, a merchant, and Achsa Louise Lilly, a former schoolteacher. Slosson earned a B.S. in 1890 and an M.S. in 1892 at the University of Kansas, where the breadth of his interests prompted the faculty to elect him to both Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1891 he married May Gorsline Preston, the first woman to obtain a Ph.D. from Cornell University (1880). They had two children, one of whom, Preston W. Slosson, became a well-known historian at the University of Michigan....

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Wurtz, Henry (05 June 1828–08 November 1910), chemist and editor, was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, the son of John J. Wurts and Ann Novus. The family name, originally Swiss, had many variant spellings (e.g., Wirtz, Wirts); it is likely that Wurtz chose the name he liked best. He received his A.B. in 1848 from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he studied with the physicist ...