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Burton, William Meriam

Born: 1865 AD
Died: 1954 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Chemists

1865 – Born on November 17th in Cleveland, Ohio. American chemist who developed a thermal cracking process for increasing the proportion of gasoline obtainable from crude petroleum.

1886 – Burton received his preliminary education at public schools in his hometown and graduated with a B.A. from Western Reserve University.

1889 – He did graduate work in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and received a Ph.D.

1890 – Burton started work at Standard Oil in Cleveland as a chemist and transferred to Standard Oil of Indiana.

         – Burton began work as a chemist at the Standard Oil of Indiana refinery at Whiting, Indiana.

1895 – Served as assistant superintendent and became superintendent of the refinery.

1911 – He was elected a director of the company.

1915 – Became the vice president of the company.

1918-1927 – He served as the president of Standard Oil Company.

1954 – Died on December 29th in Miami, Florida.

1984 – He was inducted in the Hall of Fame.