Wallace Hume Carothers was born in Burlington, Iowa back in 1896 to Ira and Mary. He attended school in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduation he attended Capital City Commercial College, completing the accounting and secretarial curriculum in 1915. That same year he entered the Tarkio College in Missouri.
He initially majored in English but switched to chemistry. He so excelled in chemistry that before he graduated he was made a chemistry instructor and studied as well. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree he attended the University of Illinois for his master of arts degree graduating in 1921. He went back to the University of Illinois to study for his Ph.D. he received that degree in 1924.
After getting his Ph.D. he stayed at the University of Illinois for two years as an instructor. In 1926, he moved to Harvard University as an instructor in organic chemistry. In 1928 he started working for DuPont Experimental Station. He worked there until his death in 1937.
What you may not know about Wallace is that while working for DuPont he invented nylon.
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