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Gifts from the Du Pont company will finance a new research professorship in chemistry, the University announced yesterday. The annual professorship will be named for Wallace Home Carothers, inventor of nylon, and instructor here in 1926.
Annual bequests of $15,000 for give years will enable the Chemistry Department to invite an outside professor to lecture here each year. This will free a member of the department from his coaching duties, permitting him to devote his time solely to research.
Both the prospective lecturer and the department member slated for research have been selected, Paul D. Bartlett, Erving Professor of Chemistry, and chairman of the Department revealed last night. The Corporation and Overseers are expected to approve these choices sometime in April.
Describing the bequest as "one of the finest things anyone could do for us." Bartlett explained that this plan permits a man who already has his equipment set up here to do effective research. At the same time it assures the stimulating contact" of an outside lecturer.
A similar plan, also making use of Du Pont funds, has been in operation for the past two years. George B. Kistiakowsky, professor of Chemistry, has conducted research under a Du Pont grant, while Bruno H. Zimm, visiting lecturer on Chemistry, has taken over his teaching duties.
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