(1880-1952)

Lamb worked at: Professor Chemistry and Director of Havemeyer Lab 1906-1912; Harvard 1912-17; Chief of the Defense Chemical Research Section, CWS 1917-1919; Director, Fixed Nitrogen Research Lab 1919-21. He was editor of the Journal of American Chemical Society 1917-?. At Harvard, he was director of the Chemical lab 1921-46 & Professor Chemistry 1921-48, Erving Prof. Chemistry 1929, Dean Graduate School of Arts & Science 1940-43, and Erving Professor Emeritus 1948.

He designed and oversaw building: Mallinckrodt and Converse Labs (Harvard) and Byerly Hall (Tufts).  He developed and patented “Hooolamite” and “Hopcalite.”  Lamb foreshadowed discovery of heavy water. He held 16 patents.  While working on the ACS Journal, he improved editorial treatment and added skilled referees to editorial board.  He felt that scientific presentation and literary style extremely important.

Offices held:

American Chemical Society: President (1933)

Awards received:

Tufts University: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (1923); Ballou Medal (1944)

American Chemical Society, New York Chapter: William H. Nichols Award (1943); Priestly Medal (1949); Patterson-Crane Award (1951)

Arthur Lamb Papers:

Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library, Cambridge, MA (57 containers of manuscripts (1909-1948), includes personal and professional correspondence; diaries; notebooks from Harvard and Germany; lecture notes and other class materials; speechers, 192501934; research notes about US Government study, and book reviews, 1933-1946; correspondence refers to Lamb’s editorship of Journal of the American Chemical Society, to activities in other  professional societies, and to speeches and articles; related publications and reference material also available in repository; access may be restricted, details at the repository. Cite as: Arthur Becket Lamb Papers, Harvard University Archives)