Elmer L. Gaden

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Elmer L. Gaden Jr., was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1923. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School in 1936. When WWII started he joined the Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater. He attended Columbia University on an accelerated schedule receiving he bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

He continued his education receiving both a master’s degree and a doctorate, from Columbia. After graduation, he remained at Columbia as a professor for 26 years before becoming dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Business Administration at the University of Vermont in 1974. He retired in 1994 and died in 2012, he was 88.

What you may not know about Elmer is that he is considered as “the father of biochemical engineering”. He wrote a dissertation that quantified the amount of oxygen necessary to fuel the fermentation process used to produce penicillin, thus increasing the amount at a faster rate.

I won’t even go into all the awards he received during his career. After retirement, he volunteered to teach illiterate adults how to read.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Feb 12, 2020 03:31 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the rapid fermentation needed to keep the supply at current levels is a life saving process for the entire world.... 

Feb 12, 2020 03:53 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, well not only did he contribute to science but also to humanity.

Feb 12, 2020 04:11 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Education was first and foremost in his thinking.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 12, 2020 04:42 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Such an important invention, penicillin, James. It's importance cannot be understated. Brooklyn Tech  (along with Bronx Science) was one of NYC's hardest public high schools to get into... very competitive, but it "raised" many really amazing scientists and engineers over the decades. These were the "Harvards of high schools" in NYC.

Feb 12, 2020 05:12 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another brilliant man that I had never heard about until reading your post today.

Feb 12, 2020 05:19 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Mr Gaden was certainly an accomplished man.  

Feb 12, 2020 05:40 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an impressive guy, not the least of which is what he did in retirement.

Feb 12, 2020 06:13 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

An amazing man for sure James Dray . My math skills are limited to counting cribbage hands .

Feb 12, 2020 06:31 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Oh my goodness, what an interesting story you shared with us.  I loved that he was the father of biochemical engineering.  A

Feb 12, 2020 07:34 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a genius level I could never aspire to or understand but thank goodness for these folks.

Feb 12, 2020 09:44 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it's hard to pick what to admire him more for...being the father of biochemical engineering or volunteering to teach illiterate adults to read. 

Feb 12, 2020 11:13 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another fascinating story about inventiveness and a diverse career.


Feb 12, 2020 12:42 PM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening James Dray - had was a bright man who used his skills to give back.

Feb 12, 2020 02:29 PM #14
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

What a gift he gave to the world!  And to continue to give of his talents after retirement shows his wonderful human spirit.

Feb 13, 2020 03:16 AM #15
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