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scientist , Manufacturing company executive

Charles Melvin Blair, American manufacturing company executive, scientist. Pioneer in applications of surface chemistry to solution of problems in petroleum and pharmaceutical industries. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Rice University, 1992. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Society Petroleum Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.

Background

Blair, Charles Melvin was born on October 24, 1910 in Vernon, Texas, United States. Son of Charles Melvin and Sallie (Gilliland) Blair.

Education

Bachelor, Rice University, 1931. Master of Arts, Rice University, 1932. Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1935.

Career

Research chemist, Petrolite Corporation, St. Louis, 1935-1943;research director for corporation, Petrolite Corporation, St. Louis, 1943-1952;president, Petrolite Corporation, St. Louis, 1952-1964;vice chancellor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1964-1967;vice president, Magna Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, California, 1967-1972;president, Magna Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, California, 1972-1976;Chairman of the Board successor, Baker Performance Chemicals Inc., 1977-1986;president, Blair Petroleum Company, Fullerton, California, since 1986.

Achievements

  • Pioneer in applications of surface chemistry to solution of problems in petroleum and pharmaceutical industries. M C.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author articles on science and cultural subjects. Patentee in field.

Membership

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Society Petroleum Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.

Connections

Married Catherine E. Stone, June 12, 1936. Children: Charles Melvin III, Sally.

father:
Charles Melvin Blair

mother:
Sallie (Gilliland) Blair

spouse:
Catherine E. Stone

child:
Charles Melvin III Blair

child:
Sally Blair