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John Herbert Hollomon


John Herbert Hollomon, American educator. Decorated Legion of Merit; recipient Rossiter W. Raymond award American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers, 1946, Alfred Nobel prize Combined Engineering Socs., 1947, Rosenhain medal British Institute Metals, 1958.


Hollomon, John Herbert was born on March 12, 1919 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of John Herbert and Pearl (Twiford).


Graduate School Engineering.


Instructor Harvard University Graduate School Engineering, 1941-1942. Research associate General Electric Research Laboratory, General Electric Company, 1946-1949, assistant manager metallurgy research department, 1949-1952, manager metallurgy and ceramics research department, 1952-1960. General manager General Electric Research Laboratory, General Electric Company (General Engineering Laboratory), 1960-1962.

Assistant secretary for science and technical Department Commerce, 1962-1967. Also acting under secretary. President U. Oklahoma, 1967-1970.

Consultant to president and to provost Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970-1972. Director Center Policy Alternatives, 1972-1985, 1st Japan Steel Industry professor, 1975-1985. Adjunct Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1950-1962.

Director Bell & Howell Corporation. Consultant President’s Science Advisory Committee. Also chairman Atmospheric Sciences Committee, 1963-1967.

Member Commerce Technology Advisory Board, 1962-1967.


  • Author: (with Leonard Jaffe) Ferrous Metallurgical Design, 1947. Contributor articles to professional jours.


Served as major Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Fellow American Physical Society, American Institute Chemists, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Society for History of Technology, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Society Metals (trustee 1957), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Science (foreign), Mid-American State Universities (president 1969), Acta Metallurgica (secretary-treasurer), National Academy Engineering (a founder), National Planning Association (business advisory council), Sigma Xi, Kappa Sigma.

Clubs: Harvard (Boston).


Married Margaret Knox Wheeler, August 12, 1941 (deceased).; married Nancy Elizabeth Gade, December 27, 1970. Children: Jonathan Bradford, James Martin, Duncan Twiford, Elizabeth Wheeler Vrugtman, Peter Heinz Richter.

John Herbert .

Pearl (Twiford).

Margaret Knox Wheeler

Nancy Elizabeth Gade

Jonathan Bradford Hollomon

James Martin Hollomon

Duncan Twiford Hollomon

Elizabeth Wheeler Vrugtman Hollomon

Peter Heinz Richter Hollomon