Behind the Atomic Bomb 1947 self-published Sachs

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Dr. John Harrison SACHS (1889-1958). Behind the Atomic Bomb. New Oxford. Pa.: Lincoln Way Booklets, [c. 1947]. Octavo. Pp.26. Original wrappers.

A rare self-published work from a retired du Pont chemist.

“A native of the Gettysburg area, Dr. Sachs was a son of the late Edward Peter and Sarah Parr Sachs and a graduate of Gettysburg High School in 1905 and Gettysburg College in 1910. He taught school in Dixon Ill., and Woodstock Va., from 1910 to 1913 and then entered John Hopkins University for graduate work, receiving his doctor of philosophy degree in chemistry in 1916. He was a Carnegie Fellow at John Hopkins from 1916 to 1917 and the joined the staff of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours Co. at Wilmington, Del.

An outstanding chemist, he was one of the first men in the U.S. to do major work in the development of dyes. America had received its best dyes from Germany up to World War I. When the war cut off the shipment of dyes to the U.S. Dr. Sachs was assigned among the first to carry on the research which led to the development of modern American dyes.

He retired from the Du Pont Co. ten years ago and moved from Wilmington to New Oxford. Since his retirement he has served as chairman of the Civilian Advisory Board at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at Washington D.C.

During the years he has served as co-editor of Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis. … He was an authority on various phases of the Civil War, was a member of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table and had been scheduled to speak at the meeting of the New York Civil War Round Table and its meeting here in May.” (findagrave.com)

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