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Paul Clifford Cross

chemist , educator , research administrator

Paul Clifford Cross, American chemist, educator, research administrator. Recipient Life G Alumni award Geneva College, 1958.


Cross, Paul Clifford was born on July 19, 1907 in Bruin, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Henry Anderson McLean and Catherine P. (Smith) Cross.


Bachelor of Science, Geneva College, 1928, Doctor of Science, 1963. Master of Sciences, University Wisconsin, 1930, Doctor of Philosophy., 1932. Master of Science ad eundum, Brown U., 1942.

Doctor of Science, Waynesburg College, 1963.


Alumni research fellow University of Wisconsin, 1932-1933. Nat. research fellow California Institute Technology, 1933-1935. Carnegie Foundation fellow Stanford, 1935-1936, assistant professor, 1936-1938.

Associate professor Brown U., 1938-1942, professor, 1942-1949, director Metcalf Research Laboratory, 1946-1949, chairman chemistry department, 1947-1949. Professor, Executive officer department chemistry U. Washington, 1949-1961. President, chief Executive officer, trustee Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, 1961-1967, vice president for research Carnegie-Mellon U., 1967-1971, consultant to president, 1971-1972, board directors Mellon Institute, 1961-1967, trustee Carnegie-Mellon U., 1967-1973.

President emeritus Mellon Institute Carnegie-Mellon U., 1973-1978. Lecturer summers Harvard, 1941, 46, University of Wisconsin, 1952. Consultant weapons systems evaluation group Department Defense, summer 1953.

Consultant Wright Air Development Center, summers 1954, 55. Consultant various government agys. Deputy research director Underwater Research Laboratory, United States Navy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1943-1944, research director, 1944-1946.

Board of directors San Diego Opera Association, 1977-1978, Scripps Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1977-1978. Duquesne U.; trustee Geneva College, Carnegie-Mellon U., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.


  • Author: (with E.B. Wilson, Junior, J.C. Decius) Molecular Vibrations, 1955. (with hockey club Allen, Junior) Molecular Vib-Rotors, 1963. Contributor numerous articles to professional publications.


Fellow American Physical Society, American Academy Arts and Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society (director-at-large 1967-1971. Member Spectroscopy Society Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Society, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Gamma Alpha, Phi Lambda Upsilon. Club: Lomas Santa Fe (Solana Beach, California).


Married Sara Agnes Groves, June 18, 1932. Children: Carroll Edward, Robert Henry, Beverly Jane, Elizabeth Annual.

Henry Anderson McLean Cross

Catherine P. (Smith) Cross

Sara Agnes Groves

Carroll Edward Cross

Robert Henry Cross

Beverly Jane Cross

Elizabeth Ann Cross