Conant, James Bryant
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.
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