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James B. Conant

James B. ConantAKA James Bryant Conant

Born: 26-Mar-1893
Birthplace: Dorchester, MA
Died: 11-Feb-1978
Location of death: Hanover, NH
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Educator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President of Harvard, 1933-53

Military service: US Army (WWI, Chemical Warfare Service)

Father: James Scott Conant
Mother: Jennett Orr Bryant
Wife: Grace Thayer Richards (dau. of Theodore W. Richards, b. b. 1-Feb-1898, m. 7-Apr-1921, two sons)
Son: James Richards Conant
Son: Theodore Richards Conant

    High School: Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA (1904-10)
    University: BA, Harvard University (1914)
    University: PhD, Harvard University (1916)
    Professor: Chemistry, Harvard University
    Administrator: President, Harvard University (1933-53)

    US Ambassador to Germany (1955-57)
    US Official High Commissioner, Bonn, Germany (1953-55)
    Committee on the Present Danger Chairman
    Manhattan Project
    Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (WWII)
    Century Group (WWII)
    National Defense Research Committee (WWII)
    Rockefeller Foundation for Medical Research Scientific Advisor
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Science Foundation Advisor

Author of books:
Practical Chemistry: Fundamental Facts and Applications to Modern Life (1920, science)
The Chemistry of Organic Compounds: A Year's Course in Organic Chemistry (1934, science)
On Understanding Science: An Historical Approach (1947, history of science)
Education in a Divided World: The Function of the Public Schools in Our Unique Society (1948, education)
Science and Common Sense (1951, social studies)
Modern Science and Modern Man (1952, social studies)
Anglo-American Relations in the Atomic Age (1952, international affairs)
Education and Liberty: The Role of the Schools in a Modern Democracy (1953, education)
Germany and Freedom: A Personal Appraisal (1958, regional affairs)
The American High School Today: A First Report to Interested Citizens (1959, education)
Slums and Suburbs: A Commentary on Schools in Metropolitan Areas (1961, education)
The Education of American Teachers (1963, education)
My Several Lives: Memoirs of a Social Inventor (1970, memoir)

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