William Jay Hale

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William Jay Hale ( January 5, 1876 - 1955 ) was an American chemist.


William Jay Hale studied at Miami University , where he received his master's degree in 1897 . After that, Hale went to Harvard , where he earned another bachelor's degree in 1898, a master's degree the following year and a Ph. D. in 1902 .

In 1900, Hale and Henry Barker Hill published his first scientific publication, Note on 2-phenyl-4-nitrophenol . William Jay Hale was a post-doctoral student in Göttingen and at the Technical University of Berlin . After teaching at the University of Chicago for a year , Hale went to the University of Michigan as an associate professor in 1904 .

Helen Dow, the eldest daughter of Herbert Henry Dow, studied there; they married in February 1917. Helen died of influenza the following year .

From 1919 to 1934, Hale was director of Organic Chemistry Research at Dow Chemical . He then worked as a research consultant.

In 1934 he coined the term Chemurgy .


  • Chemistry Triumphant ; 1932
  • Farmward march; chemurgy takes command ; Coward-McCann, New York, 1939
  • Prosperity beckons; dawn of the alcohol era

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Individual evidence

  1. CHARLES LORING JACKSON: Biographicyl Memoir of Henry Barker Hill (1849-1903) (PDF; 509 KB).