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Newcomb Kinney Chaney

research chemist , chemical engineer.

Newcomb Kinney Chaney, American research chemist, chemical engineer. Recipient Potts medal Franklin Institute, May 1939.


Chaney, Newcomb Kinney was born on April 27, 1883 in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. Son of Lucian West and Mary (Hill) Chaney.


Bachelor of Science, Carleton College, 1904 (honors in philosophy and biology), Master of Science in chemistry and physics, 1905. Rhodes scholar, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1907-1910, Bachelor of Arts chemistry, 1910. Harrison fellow in chemistry University of Pennsylvania, 1910-1911, Doctor of Philosophy., 1912.


Research chemist National Carbon Company, 1914-1920. In charge carbon and battery divisions Union Carbide & Carbon Research laboratories Inc., Long Island City, New York, June 1921-May 1925. Assistant director Research laboratories, National Carbon Company, Inc., 1925-1935.

Assistant director research United Gas Improvement Company, 1935-1936, director research, 1936-1954, research consultant, since 1955. Research consultant American Gas Association, since 1947. Research foreign and United States patentee in carbon products, synthetic resins, processes for ultra-violent irradiation of foods, petroleum cracking.


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Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute Chemists, Chemical Society (London). Member American Institute Chemical Engineers (director 1925-1928), American Chemical Society (past chairman Cleveland section, chairman Philadelphia section 1939-1940), American Gas Association, Institute Petroleum Engineers (London), Society Chemical Industry, Alembic. Mason.; Clubs: Chemists (vice president New York City).


Married Elsie Elizabeth Webb, July 19, 1911. Children: Elizabeth Webb (Mistress.

Lucian West Chaney

Mary (Hill) Chaney

Elsie Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb (Mrs Chaney