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Harvey Alter, American chemist, association executive.


Alter, Harvey was born on September 4, 1932 in New York City. Son of Louis B. and Elsie (Wiener) Alter.


Bachelor of Science, Queens College, City University of New York, 1952. Master of Science, University Cincinnati, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Science fellow), University Cincinnati, 1957.


Physicist Bakelite Company Union Carbide Corporation, Bound Brook, New Jersey, 1957-1959. Senior research chemist Harris Research Laboratory, Inc. Gillete Company, Washington, 1959-1963.

Research supervisor Harris Research Laboratories, Inc. Gillette Company, 1963-1964, group leader, 1964-1965. Associate director research Toni Co division Gillette Company, Chicago, 1965-1966, technical director research, 1966-1968.

Manager special projects Gillette Research Institute, Rockville, Maryland, 1968-1969, manager Harris Research Laboratories division, 1969-1972, vice president, 1971-1972. Director research programs National Center for Resource Recovery, Inc., Washington, 1972-1979. Manager resources policy department United States Chamber of Commerce, since 1979.

Lecturer City College of New York, 1958-1959, American University, Washignton, 1974-1978, adjunct professor College Public Affairs, 1978-1988, University College Grad School University Maryland, since 1993. Board dris. WTE Corporation, Inc., Proler International Corporation.


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    • Author: (with Josip Juraj Dunn, Junior) Solid Waste Conversion to Energy: Current United States and European Practice, 1980, Materials Recovery from Wastes: Unit Operations and Results, 1983, The Greatly Growing Garbage Problem, 1989. Co-editor: Resources Conversation and Recycling journal (formerly Resources and Conservation journal), 1974-1992. Member editorial board Journal Adhesion, 1971-1973, Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 1970-1975, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, since 1992.

      Contributor articles to professional journals. Patentee in field.


Chairman Governor's Advisory Council on Recycling, Maryland, 1989-1993, Interstate Commerce Commission delegate to United Nations Basel Convention, since 1994. Member Governor's Task Force on Solid Waste, Maryland, 1987-1988, Civic Center Commission, Rockville, Maryland, 1970-1971, Human Rights Commission, Rockville, 1971-1979, chairman, 1976-1978. Member Bicentennial Commission, Rockville, 1975-1976, Select Caucus (Town Meeting), Northbrook, Illinois, 1968.

Board directors New Mark Commons Homes Association, Inc., 1969, 70. Fellow American Society for Testing and Materials (Merit award 1980). Member American Chemical Society (president Washington section 1972), Alumni Association Queens College (president National Capital chapter 1961, 62), National Urban Wildlife (board directors 1985-1995), Cosmos Club (Washington), Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.


Married Cora Wolff, February 10, 1957. Children: Juli E. Betts, Lisa C.

Louis B. Alter

Elsie (Wiener) Alter

Cora Wolff

Juli E. Betts Alter

Lisa C. Alter