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Tolman, Richard Chace

Judith R. Goodstein

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Tolman, Richard Chace (27 November 1881–05 September 1948), physical chemist and mathematical physicist, was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, the son of James Pike Tolman, a businessman and president of Samson Cordage Works, and Mary Chace, founder of a public kindergarten in Boston. The strong sense of duty and moral obligation that motivated the parents were also characteristic of the son throughout his life. Tolman attended public schools in West Newton before entering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated in 1903 with a B.S., having majored in chemical engineering and written a thesis on the sizing of cotton warps. While at MIT, he was a member of the chemical society, mechanical engineering society, and technology club, editor-in-chief of ...

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Subjects: Physics ; Medicinal Chemistry

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