Dr Homer Burton Adkins


Dr Homer Burton Adkins

Newport, Madison County, Ohio, USA
Death 10 Aug 1949 (aged 57)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Section 7, Lot 444 - 445 - 446, Grave 1
Memorial ID 86126935 View Source
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Note: cemetery records state day of birth as 17th and grave stone states 16th.
He attended high school at Newport and entered Denison University as a tall, shy, earnest country boy. He graduated in 1915 in three and a half years. He then spent three years in the graduate school at Ohio State University, taking his Master's degree in 1916 and his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor William Lloyd Evans in 1918. Soon after receiving his degree in early 1918, he began work as a research chemist for the War Department. The following academic year he spent as instructor in organic chemistry at Ohio State University and in the summer of 1919he was a research chemist with E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company.

In 1919 he came to the University of Wisconsin, where he remained continuously until his death thirty years later, except for two summers of work in industry at the Bakelite Corporation in 1924 and 1926 and for responsibilities from 1942 to! 1945 as administrator and research director in the war program of the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development.

Vigorous, intense, outspoken, not always consistent, a trial at times to his departmental chairman and his associates, Homer Adkins fought hard nevertheless for democracy and democratic procedures as he saw them.

Homer Adkins was married on February 21, 1917, while he was a graduate student at the Ohio State University, to Louise Spivey, who had been a classmate at Denison and who was teaching high school mathematics. They had three children: Susanne Dorothea (Mrs. Gordon Chadek), Nance, who served with the Marine Corps during the war; and Roger, who has enlisted in the U. S. Army after a short time at the University of VA.

He received the honorary degree, Doctor of Science, from Denison University, his alma mater, in 1938. He was awarded the "Medal for Merit" by President Truman for conduct and administration of investigations under the Office of Scientific Research and Development 1941-1945. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1942. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Chi Sigma and Phi Lambda Upsilon. He was a Fellow of the Chemical Society of London, a member of the Swiss Chemical Society, a member of the American Association of University Professors, a member of the Chemists Club of New York.
short time at the University of Virginia.

A fellowship was named in his honor, to support a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.

(From a Biographical Memoir written by Farrington Daniels, National Academy of Sciences)

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