Paul Emmett (1900-1985), a friend and colleague of Linus Pauling, graduated in 1922 from Oregon Agricultural College and completed his doctoral work on heterogeneous catalysis at Caltech in 1925. A major figure in the history of catalysis chemistry, Emmett was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1955 and worked at a handful of institutions, including The Johns Hopkins University, where he chaired the Chemical Engineering Department until his retirement in 1971. Special Collections houses Emmett's manuscripts, research notebooks, correspondence and awards.
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An Overview of the B-E-T Method.
Johns Hopkins University, December 28, 1957.
A Lifetime of Effort in Catalytic Research
by Paul Emmett. May 10, 1980. 5 pages.
114 linear feet; 233 boxes
The Emmett Papers are arranged into eight series. Materials in each series are organized either alphabetically, chronologically or by material type, as appropriate.
Emmett's contacts with Linus Pauling are further documented in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, Correspondence Box 109. Emmett's undergraduate physical chemistry work at Oregon Agricultural College is likewise detailed by Emmett's instructor Fred Allen in a notebook held in the Pauling Papers Biographical section, Box 1.005.
Emmett biographer Dr. Butron Davis shared aspects of his research on Emmett's life in the video recorded talk "The Useful Science of Paul Emmett," presented April 30, 2009.