Burton, William Meriam
Born: Nov 17, 1865 AD
Died: 1954 AD, at 89 years of age.
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.
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