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Benjamin Franklin Scott

ChemistChicago, IL

African-AmericanManhattan Project VeteranScientist

Benjamin Scott was an American chemist.

Scott was born in Florence, South Carolina, in 1922. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta. From 1943 to 1946, Scott worked as a chemist for the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago in the instrumentation and measurements section. He was one of the only African-American scientists to work on the project.

After the war, Scott worked on the production of Geiger counters. During this time, he also earned an M.S. from the University of Chicago. Soon after, he began working as a radiochemist for the Nuclear Instrument Company. He later became the Technical Director of the New England Nuclear Assay Corporation in Boston.

Scott died on October 15, 2000, in Sumter, South Carolina.

Benjamin Franklin Scott's Timeline
1922 Oct 19th Born in Florence, South Carolina.
1942 Received a B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta.
19431946 Worked at the Chicago Met Lab.
1950 Received an M.S. from the University of Chicago.
2000 Oct 16th Died in in Sumter, South Carolina.

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