Howard Tracy Hall

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Howard Tracy Hall was born in Ogden, Utah back in 1919.  He was in the fourth grade when he announced he was going to work for General Electric.  After graduating high school, he attended Weber College for two years before transferring to the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

After graduating from college, he served as an ensign in the United States Navy.  After being discharged, he returned to the University of Utah graduating with a PhD in physical chemistry in 1948.  Just two months after graduation he realized his dream, as he went to work for General Electric in Schenectady, New York.  He was assigned to a team working on project named “Project Superpressure”.

Seeing the potential, he designed his own press. His success came in 1954.  His invention only took 38 minutes to receive the desired results.  He died in 2008, he was 88, however his invention is still being used today.

What you may not know about Howard is that his invention produced the first synthetic diamond.  It made him a fortune.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray here are diamonds created in a laboratory....

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May 29, 2020 02:45 AM #1
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I saw an episode of Superman where he squeezed a piece of coal and made a diamond. 

May 29, 2020 02:52 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Howard was a heavy hitter for sure who understood pressure. Enjoy your day! 

May 29, 2020 03:25 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am always interested how all these people you feature, see something, pursue it and create so many things we accept, but they created them from their thoughts. Truly Napoleon Hill stuff, if your mind can conceive of it you can create it.

May 29, 2020 04:19 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I bet that made him millions, nice find.

May 29, 2020 05:01 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Marilyn Monroe must have loved him!

I hope the heavy hitter attorneys do not see Wayne Martin comment as it might become their new slogan!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 29, 2020 05:12 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I think I recall that episode of Superman that Barbara Tattersall references.  Here's another version of that story.  Hmm. . .   

May 29, 2020 05:15 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

That is really living your dream!

May 29, 2020 05:28 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Have a good Friday and a very special weekend.

May 29, 2020 05:34 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Hall left GE in 1955 and became a full professor of chemistry and Director of Research at Brigham Young University. At BYU, he invented the tetrahedral and Cubic press systems. He transferred the technology for the cubic press system to China in about 1960, and today the vast majority of the world's synthetic diamond powder is produced using the many thousands of cubic presses of Hall's design presently operating in that country. For many years, the first tetrahedral press was displayed in the Eyring Science center on campus at BYU. In the early 1960s, Hall invented the first form of polycrystalline diamond (PCD). He co-founded MegaDiamond in 1966, and later was involved with the founding of Novatek, both of Provo, Utah.

On Sunday, July 4, 1976, he became a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served five years. Later he served a church mission to southern Africa with his wife, Ida-Rose Langford. He died on July 25, 2008 in Provo, Utah at the age of 88. He had seven children, 35 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

May 29, 2020 05:36 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning again, James... the really good synthetic diamonds can look as good, if not better, than the real thing. Although, I'd still prefer the real thing, myself. :)

May 29, 2020 05:53 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure that there are a lot of women out there that would be very unhappy to learn that their diamonds weren't real, haha.

May 29, 2020 06:11 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The fake made him a fortune and the fortune was no fake James Dray . Pretty cool.

May 29, 2020 06:23 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's a pretty cool story! And we have some terrific visuals from Barbara Todaro 

Enjoy your weekend!


May 29, 2020 07:28 AM #14
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This was such an amazing time in America. If you could dream it, you could build it. Great American story!!

May 29, 2020 07:44 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Synthetic diamonds devalued the worth of a real one, as do all fakes..and so it goes in life.  A

May 29, 2020 09:39 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting invention!  

May 29, 2020 10:39 AM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I too remember that episode of Superman! Happy weekend.

May 29, 2020 05:12 PM #20
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another interesting story.  He came up with a beautiful way to make a fortune.

May 29, 2020 07:33 PM #21
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Howard did a fine job on his diamonds...

Happy Friday James Dray 

May 29, 2020 09:45 PM #22
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