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David Peters

Dr. David Peters

'87

Dave Peters '87, BS, chemistry, from Dansville, Michigan, works for BASF in technical services. He chose to come to Michigan Tech because a high-school teacher told him he wouldn't succeed here.

"I wanted to prove him wrong," Peters remembers. He says he proved to be "stupid but saveable."

"My grades weren't great," he says. "But after being here and doing what I needed to do to get a degree, I knew I could go anywhere and be successful. After learning . . .

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Elton J. Cairns

Elton J. Cairns

'55, '55

Dr. Cairns graduated from Michigan Tech in 1955 with a double major in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. After receiving a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley he pursued an illustrious career at the research laboratories of General Electric, Argonne National Lab, General Motors, and, since 1978, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is currently the Director of the Energy and Environment Division with a joint appointment as Professor of . . .

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Nick A. Matwiyoff

Dr. Nick A. Matwiyoff

'59

M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1963) in Chemistry, University of Illinois - professor of cell biology, University of New Mexico - director, University of New Mexico Center for Non-Invasive Diagnosis - deputy director, University of New Mexico Cancer Center - distinguished academic career from Stanford, Penn State, Los Alamos to University of New Mexico.

From 1996 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy

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Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin

'31

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1911, Melvin Calvin received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1931 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1935. He began his academic career in 1937 at the University of California at Berkeley, where he stayed for the remainder of his career. He died in 1997.

Calvin was the first scientist to unravel the secrets of photosynthesis—knowledge that became known . . .

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Fred M. Ross

Fred M. Ross

'43

Fred Ross graduated from Michigan Tech in 1943 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. His remarkable career in the chemical industry started at Pure Oil Company in Chicago and led him to his current position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Robonard, Inc. He contributed more than 40 articles to professional publications. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and Recipient of the Board of Trustees Silver Medal for Outstanding Alumni of . . .

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