Wallace R. Brode

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Wallace Reed Brode (12 June 1900 – August 1974) was an American chemist.[1] He was president of the American Chemical Society in 1969 and of the Optical Society of America in 1961.[2] He received the Priestley Medal in 1960.


Brode was born in Walla Walla, Washington state, one of a set of triplets along with brothers Malcolm and Robert, each of whom became a distinguished scientist. He also had another older brother, Stanley. His father Howard was a biology professor at Whitman College, where the older Brode he would earn his D.Sc in 1921. While studying for his Ph.D at University of Illinois under Roger Adams, he developed a lifelong interest in dyes and spectroscopy.

He was on the faculty of Ohio State University (1928–48, professor 1939–48); head of the science department at US Naval Ordnance Test Station 1945–47; Science Adviser to the US Secretary of State 1958–60; director of Barnes Engineering Co. in Washington from 1960 onwards. He also served on the board of trustees for Science Service, now known as Society for Science & the Public, from 1957-1972.


  • Chemical Spectroscopy 1939
  • (with others) Laboratory Outlines of Organic Chemistry 1940
  • (with others) The Roger Adams Symposium 1955


  1. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America http://www.osa.org/aboutosa/leadership/pastpresidents/default.aspx

External links

See also