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  • A N A L Y T I C A L C H E M I S T R Y

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    ACS Headquarters Leaves Old Building

    From refurbished apartment house ( le f t ) to modern office building. That is the giant step now being undertaken by the American Chemical Society in its campaign for the headquarters building fund. During the early part of June, A C S headquarters and appl ied publications moved from the present building at the 16th Street address to make way for raz-ing. A t the t ime of the move, about 2 1 % of Society membership had p ledged about 4 0 % of the jnember goal of $1.5 mill ion, and 21 of the Society's 151 local sections had reached or exceeded their fund quotas. W i t h this part of the campaign well under way, the remaining front has been opened. O n M a y 15, the drive to solicit $1.5 mil-lion from the chemical and process industries got started at the Chemists' C lub in New York C i t y

    USDA Presents Awards Several awards in recognition of some

    phase of chemical research were among those given by the U. S. Depar tment of Agriculture to 135 of its employees this year. A total of eight distinguished service awards and 127 superior.service awards were made for outstanding achievements in research and admini-stration.

    Among those receiving the distin-guished service awards was Robert T. O'Connor, Southern Utilization Re-search and Development Division. O'Connor, a supervisory physical scien-tist, was cited for research in develop-ment and application of spectroscopic methods in the study of agricultural products. In addition to his work at USDA, he is chairman of the spectros-copy committee of the American Oil Chemists' Society and associate editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. O'Connor, a native of Fitchburg, Mass., received his train-ing at George Washington University, and has been associated with USDA since 1937.

    The following persons were among the 127 superior service award winners:

    William G. Bickford, New Orleans, La., for research on tun g oil and contri-butions to understanding basic organic reactions.

    John F . Carson, Jr., Albany, Calif., for unusually effective research in or-ganic chemistry of agricultural prod-ucts.

    Gordon S. Fisher, Olustee, Fla., for participating in discovery of new cata-lysts and development of commercial synthetic rubber and plastics processes based on the discovery.

    L. A. Goldblatt, New Orleans, La., also for participating in discovery of new catalysts and development of commercial synthetic rubber and plas-tics processes based on the discovery.

    Cecil H. Van Et ten , Peoria, 111., for resourcefulness in developing methods of microanalysis and outstanding ac-curacy in interpreting results, con-tributing to research on products from agricultural commodities.

    All five of these men are connected with Agricultural Research Service.

    Commerce Grants Awards Two exceptional service awards and

    two meritorious service awards have been given to National Bureau of Standards employees by the United States Depar tment of Commerce.

    Wallace R. Brode, associate director now on a year's leave, received the exceptional service award in recognition of his international leadership in the physical sciences. This includes major contributions to the field of chemical spectroscopy and distinguished author-ship and editorship. Brode, during the period of his leave, is currently serving as science advisor to the Depar tment of State.

    Brode is now on the boards of di-rectors of fhe American Chemical So-ciety, the Optical Society of America, the Scientific Besearch Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the executive

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    committee of Sigma Xi. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1954.

    Wilfred B. Mann, chief of NBS's ^Radioactivity Section, received the exceptional service award for his work in the field of radionuclide standards and for accomplishments resulting in international leadership of NBS in this field.

    A native of England, Mann obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of London in 1934, and his D.Sc. degree from the same institution in 1951. He is author of more than 30 publications in the field of radioactivity, and currently serves on several committees concerned with radioactivity standardization.

    John L. Hague, assistant chief of NBS's Analytical Chemistry Section, received the meritorious service award for outstanding original contributions to methods of analysis necessary for controlling production of complex metal alloj-s. Hague is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Optical Society of America, and the Washington Academy of Sciences.

    Floyd A. Mauer, National Bureau of Standards, received the meritorious service award for valuable contributions to the field of crystal chemistry. He was cited in particular for his work in the application of special high temperature x-ray diffraction techniques to the study of crystalline materials. Mauer is a member of the American Physical Society and the Washington Philosophical Society.

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    Sponsors of the symposium were the Washington sections of the American Chemical Society, the Instrument Society of America, the Society of American Bacteriologists, the American Association of Clinical Chemists, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the professional group on medical electronics of the Institute of Radio Engineers.

    The symposium itself consisted of 19 papers divided in six sections: gas chromatography, macromolecules, mi-crorespirometry, aerosols, automatic processing of experimental data, and protein monolayers.

    Several items of new equipment that were shown for the first time at the meeting are described in the New Products section of this issue of ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (see page 55 A).

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    Joseph Mattauch ( le f t ) , director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, was a recent visitor to the United States. During his travels he stopped off at Consolidated Electrodynamics, where he was the guest of Harold W . Washburn, vice president and director of research. Mattauch is coinventor of the Mattauch-Herzog mass spectrometer, used widely for precise atomic mass measurements and metallurgical analysis. Washburn was the 1956 recipient of the Beckman award for his pioneering efforts in applying mass spectrometry in chemistry


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    X-Ray Microscopy and Microradiography. Proceedings of a Symposium held at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1956. Editors, V. E. Cosslett, Arne Engstrom, and H. H. Patte, Jr. xvii + 645 pages. Academic Press, Inc., I l l Fifth Avenue, New York 3, . . 1957. $16.50.

    The Symposium on X-Ray Microscopy and Microradiography, held at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, from August 16 to 21, 1956 was said to be the first meeting of its nature. I t was made possible through financial grants from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the Royal Society, and several British commercial undertakings.

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    Contributi Teorici e Sperimentali di Polarografia. Vol. III . A cura del centro di studio per la polarografia. 567 pages. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche, Piazzale delle scienze n. 7, Roma. 1957. 4.555 lira.

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    Gas Chromatography. A. I . M . Keulemans, edited by C. G. Verver. vii + 217 pages. Reinhold Publishing Corp., 430 Park Ave., New York 22, . . 1957. $7.50. The author of this book has access to

    data obtained not only in Koninklijke/ Shell-Laboratorium, Amsterdam, where he is employed, but also in other Shell companies in the United States and Great Britain. These results, together with the views of specialists on matters of theory and equipment, play an important part in presentation of the subject of this book.

    The author points out that use was made in the text of the principal publications on gas chromatography up to Jan. 1, 1956. Literature appearing since then has been referred to only in exceptional cases. In arranging the subject matter, the attempt was made to reconcile practical usefulness with theoretical soundness. In most normal analyses by gas chromatography, the author feels that excellent results can be obtained with little or no knowledge of the underlying theory. But once the investigator leaves the field of routine separations and attacks more difficult applications, he will find that some familiarity with the fundamentals is essential. For these reasons, the normal practice of gas-liquid chromatography is covered before theoretical matters are discussed.

    The opening chapter is devoted to a review of the whole field of chromatography and of related physical processes. The second chapter deals with normal practical applications of gas-liquid chromatography, and chapter three follows with detailed discussion of equipment required. Chapters four, five, six, and seven cover the theories underlying gas-liquid chromatography, showing how such principles can be applied when dealing with difficult situations and nonanalytical applications. Finally, chapter eight is a discussion of gas-solid chromatography.

    The book is illustrated with numerous charts and diagrams, and has a list of symbols, three appendices, and an author index.

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