1896 – Carothers was born in Burlington Iowa on the 27th of April.
– Carothers attended public school in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was known as a conscientious student.
1915 – He enrolled in the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines, where his father, Ira, was Vice-President, completing the accountancy and secretarial curriculum in July.
– In September, he entered Tarkio College in Missouri. Carothers so excelled in chemistry that even before his graduation he was made a chemistry instructor.
1920 – He graduated from Tarkio at the age of 24 with a bachelor of science degree.
1921 – He went to the University of Illinois for his master of arts degree.
1922 – Carothers held a one-year appointment as a chemistry instructor at the University of South Dakota.
1924 – He went back to the University of Illinois to study for his Ph.D under Dr. Roger Adams.
1937 – He died on the 29th of April.