Paul M. Gross

Chair of Chemistry (1919-48); Dean of Graduate school (1947-52); Dean of the University (1952-58); VP Educational Division (1949-60)

Active years

1919 - 1960


BS City College NY, PhD Columbia

Long-serving chair of chemistry, Gross performed pioneering research on airborne particulates and the production of radioisotopes for research and medical treatments. Co-creator of the Research Training Program which put Duke medical students into research for 9 months of their training. Gross developed a 'frangible bullet' for training aerial gunners in WWII and held two cigarette-related patents. National Science Foundation board member; President of American Association for the Advancement of Science 1962. Gross Hall is named for him.

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