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HAROLD SIMMONS BOOTH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/11/1936 - HFSID 298733

HAROLD SIMMONS BOOTH After claiming to be a "humble chemist", not a "great scientist", he describes the pleasure of scientific discovery Typed Letter signed: "H. S. Booth", One page, 6¾x7¼. Cleveland, Ohio, February 11, 1936.

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HAROLD SIMMONS BOOTH After claiming to be a "humble chemist", not a "great scientist", he describes the pleasure of scientific discovery Typed Letter signed: "H. S. Booth", One page, 6¾x7¼. Cleveland, Ohio, February 11, 1936. On letterhead of the Morley Chemical Laboratory, Western Reserve University to James Timbers, Mauston, Wisconsin. In Full: "I am amused by your feeling that it must be great to be a great scientist. In the first place, I am not a great scientist, just one of the thousands of humble chemists plugging away trying to push forward the frontiers of chemistry. It is, of course, a pleasure to discover things when your discoveries are the culminations of predictions. It was this which gave me the greatest pleasures on our discovery of the compounds of the inert gases. Those who are working in the front line trenches of science see ahead of them so much unexplored territory that they rarely have time to think about their past discoveries. I suppose you are interested in science and if you have the opportunity to go to college, I wish that you could come down to Reserve and get acquainted. With kindest regards I am, Very truly yours". Harold Simmons Booth (ca. 1891-1950) was an inorganic chemist who published research on gases, predominantly halogen fluorides. He discovered 20 new gases and spent a large portion of his career studying the relationship between compounds and inert gases. Booth taught chemistry at Case Western Reserve University for 31 years and headed the Science and Mathematics Department at Cleveland College. He was a Sage Fellow and a Du Pont Fellow. In 1933, Booth served as a witness for the prosecution in a murder trial, with his background in chemistry making him an expert in forensic analysis. Toned. Lightly creased. One vertical and one horizontal fold. Mounting residue at corners and edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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