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.