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Gaetano Francis D’Alelio

educator , chemist , inventor.

Gaetano Francis D’Alelio, American educator, chemist, inventor. Recipient certificate of merit Air Force Systems Command, 1975.


D’Alelio, Gaetano Francis was born on December 26, 1909 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Severino and Francesca (Polcari) D’A.


Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, 1931. Doctor of Philisophy, Johns Hopkins, 1935.


Chemistry Boston College Graduate School, 1935-1936. Director plastic research General Electric Company, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1936-1939, director research development and control labs., 1939-1941, member mgrs. staff, 1941-1943. Director research Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Company, Florence, Massachusetts, 1943-1944, vice president, 1944-1946.

Manager high polymer research Industrial Rayon Corp Cleveland, 1946-1947. Assistant director research Koppers Company, Inc., Pittsburgh, 1947-1949, vice president, manager research, 1949-1954. Head department chemistry U. Notre Dame, 1955-1960, research professor, 1960-1975, emeritus professor, 1975-1980.

Industrial consultant, 1955-1980. Director Dal-Mon, Inc., Cleveland, 1959-1980. Conservation to referee board chairman branch office production research and development, War Production Board, 1942.

Member of advisory panel to committee Question Manager problems National Research Council, 1943. Cons war research Manhattan project Columbia, 1944, Naval 1 director, coordinator General Electric laboratory research on plast rocket launchers. Consultant United States Army Chemical Corps Engineering Command, 1959-1961.

Member Research advising committee on materials National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1961-1962, appointed polymer expert consultant to National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1963-1966. Member labs. committee Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, 1963-1971. Member vertically integrated coupling program United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, O., 1966-1969.

Board of directors Aeolian Choral Society, South Bend.


  • Author: (with R. L. Guile) Laboratory Manual of Synthetic Plastics and Resinous Materials, 1942. A Laboratory Manual of Plastics and Synthetic Resins, 1943. Experimental Plastics and Synthetic Resins, 1946.

    Fundamentals of Polymerization, 1952. Editorial board, associate editor Journal Macromoleular Science-Chemistry, 1968-1980. Contributor articles to professional publications Patentee in field.

    Inventor secret radar insulation and sulfonated styrene-type and crosslinked acrylic acid-type ion exchange resins.


Member of advisory panel to committee Question Manager problems National Research Council, 1943. Member; Fellow American Institute Chemists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy Sciences. Member National Academy Sciences (committee radiation preservation of food 1965-1980), American Chem Society, Textile Institute, American Association University Professors, Indiana Academy Science, Chemical Society London, American Institute Chemical Engineers, Association United States Army, Armed Forces Chemical Associates, History Science Society, Academy Applied Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.

Clubs: University (South Bend, Indiana).


Married Josephine Marie McCarthy, September 5, 1932. Children: Denny F., Ellen F., Jane M. d’Alelio Paine, William A. Associate.

Severino D’A.

Francesca (Polcari) D’A.

Josephine Marie McCarthy

Denny F. D’Alelio

Ellen F. D’Alelio

Jane M. d’Alelio Paine D’Alelio

William A. Asso D’Alelio