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Walter Jay Hamer

Walter Jay Hamer, American chemical consultant, science writer. Recipient certified of merit Manhattan Project, 1945, Office of Scientific Research and Development, 1945; Superior Accomplishment award United States Department Commerce, 1954, 62, 65, Distinguished Service gold medal, 1966; 1st prize for paper Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1955.


  • Hamer, Walter Jay was born on November 5, 1907 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Jesse James and Naomi Gertrude (Roland) Hamer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 1929. Doctor of Science (honorary), Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1932.


    • Assistant instructor Juniata College, 1926-1929. Fellow Yale University, New Haven, 1932-1934. Research associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1934-1935.

      Research chemist National Bureau Standards, Washington, 1935-1950, chief electrochemistry, 1950-1970, director Electrolyte Center, 1968-1972. Chemical consultant, from 2004. Adjunct professor Georgetown University, Catholic University, government agencies commerce and agriculture, 1940-1950.

      Research chemist Manhattan Project, Washington, 1943-1945. Adjunct examiner Civil Service Commission, 1948-1950. Consultant United States Department Defense, 1951-1953.

      Member electrochemical society International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1958-1968. United States technical advisor primary cells and batteries International Electrotech. Commission, 1964; member visiting panel Electrochemistry Laboratory, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1962-1963.

      United States technical advisor primary cells and batteries International Electrotech. Commission, 1964; lecturer in field.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of the electromotive series of the elements in Molten Systems, of the primary pH Standard for Aqueous Systems from 0 to 60 degrees Celsius, of the ionization constant of water from 0 to 60 degrees Celsius. Research in determining the Faraday Constant, method to set standards for electrolytic conductance, maintenance of the United States national standard of voltage.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Editor: Electrochemical Constants, 1953, The Structure of Electrolytic Solutions, 1959.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (life), American Association for the Advancement of Science (life), American Institute Chemistry (life), New York Academy of Sciences (life), Washington Academy of Sciences (life). Member American Standards Association (member committee primary cells and batteries 1952-1962), The Electrochemical Society, Inc. (honorary, vice president 1960-1963, president 1963-1964, Robert T. Foley award National Capital section 1991), Yale Chemists Association (president 1958-1961), Eisenhower Commission, Cosmos Club.


    • Married Alma Robinson, March 19, 1941. 1 child, Margaret.
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    Born November 5, 1907
    Died June 29, 2004
    (aged 96)
    • 1929
      Juniata College
    • 1966
      Juniata College
    • 1932
      Yale University
    • 1926 - 1929
      Assistant, instructor Juniata College
    • 1932 - 1934
      fellow, Yale University
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
    • 1934 - 1935
      research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1935 - 1950
      research chemist, National Bureau Standards
      Washington, United States
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