Carl Donald Keith was born in Stewart Creek, West Virginia back in 1920 to Howard and Mary. After graduating high school, he attended Salem College in North Carolina earning his bachelor’s degree in 1943. He continued his education earning. Master’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University in 1945 and a doctorate from DePaul University in 1947.
After graduation, he worked at Sinclair Oil from 1943-1957. He was later hired by Engelhard Industries. From 1976 until his retirement in 1985 he was an executive vice president, president and finally chairman of the company. In 2001, he received the Walter Ahlstrom Prize in conjunction with the Finnish Academies of Technology. His invention prevented 56 million tons of hydrocarbons and 118 million tons of nitrogen oxides and 464 billion tons of carbon monoxide from being emitted as pollution in 25 years. He died in 2008 in Marco Island, Florida.
If you haven’t figured it out by now he invented the three-way catalytic converter for vehicles back in the 1970’s.
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