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Harold Delaney

ChemistChicago, IL

African-AmericanManhattan Project VeteranScientist

Harold Delaney (1919-1994) was an American chemist.

Delaney was born in Philadelphia in 1919, and went on to receive a B.S. in 1941 and an M.S. in 1943 from Howard University. Soon after graduating, he was hired to work on the Manhattan Project as a chemist at the University of Chicago, one of only a few African-American scientists to work on the project.

After the war, Delaney worked as an educator, first teaching at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University in Greensboro from 1945 to 1948 and then later at Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he worked for over 20 years as a chemistry professor and dean.  During this time, he also received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Howard University. In 1974, Delaney became the president of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. After leaving Manhattanville, he also served as the interim president of Chicago State University and Bowie State University in Maryland. He also served as a vice president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, retiring in 1987.

Delaney died on August 2, 1994, in Pilot Mountain, NC.

Harold Delaney's Timeline
1919 Aug 24th Born in Philadelphia.
1941 Received a B.S. from Howard University.
1943 Received an M.S. from Howard University.
19431945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago.
19451948 Taught at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University in Greensboro.
19481961 Taught at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
1958 Received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Howard University.
1974 Became president of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
1994 Aug 2nd Died in Pilot Mountain, NC.

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