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Conant, James Bryant

Born: 1893 AD
Died: 1978 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Chemists, Diplomat, Educators

1893 – James Bryant Conant was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 26th. American chemist, diplomat, and educator.

1914 – Conant graduated from Harvard University with a degree in chemistry and remained at the school to pursue graduate work.

1917 – Briefly left Harvard to join the Chemical Warfare Service, where he earned the rank of major.

         – Returned to Harvard to teach organic chemistry.

1933 – Appointed president of Harvard University.

1941-1946 – Served as chairman of the National Defense Research Committee.

1953 – Conant retired from Harvard and began a term of service as U.S. High Commissioner to Germany and Ambassador to Germany.

1955 – The first United States ambassador to West Germany.

1957 – Resigned and returned to the United States to focus on domestic education.

1964 – Conant returned to Berlin and spent 18 months as an education advisor through the Ford Foundation.

1977 – Conant eventually retired to New York City. He became ill while vacationing in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he remained until his death.

1978 – Died on February 11th.