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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