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 George Martin “Boppa” Shepherd

George Martin “Boppa” Shepherd

Brookfield, Linn County, Missouri, USA
Death 17 Sep 1953 (aged 58)
Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Plot Plot FG-LG-67-2
Memorial ID 105512451 · View Source
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George Martin Shepherd was born in Brookfield, Missouri, the son of Edwin H. Shepherd and Georgie Pannell Martin. He was a recognized authority on chemical and physical methods of gas analysis as a 32-year employee of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Washington, D.C., which ended upon his death.

He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1917. From 1918 to 1921, when he joined the NBS staff, he was in charge of the chemical laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Mines Experimental Helium Plant in Petrolia, Tex. There, he conducted research and control associated with the extraction of helium from natural gas.

While at NBS, he made important contributions to the development and standardization of methods for the analysis of gases. During World War II, he developed the NBS Carbon Monoxide Indicator to meet the war-time need for a simple and sensitive means for determination of very small amounts of carbon monoxide in military equipment and installations. He also conducted important work on detection of the chemical constituents of smog and the identification of the irritating substances present. He was an advocate of instrumental methods in analysis and contributed greatly to the development and standardization of instrumental methods for the analysis of gases.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society and had published numerous papers in the "Analytical Chemistry" journal. He also served for many years as a reviewer of that journal.

He was an outstanding amateur gardener – having a large garden plot at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., where he and his wife and children grew food for the home, and where his loving grandchildren learned the fine art of gardening. He also loved classical music, and played classical piano by ear, having never taken lessons. Friends observed that he was known for his dry and penetrating wit.

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