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Lawrence A. Kimpton

Chief Administrative OfficerChicago, IL

Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/Staff
Stagg Field at the University of Chicago

Lawrence Kimpton was the Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Lab, serving there from 1943 to 1945. Kimpton held a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a receive a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1935. Prior to going to Chicago, Kimpton had briefly operated a cattle ranch and taught mathematics and philosophy at the university level. Kimpton had joined the Manhattan Project in Chicago in 1943 as an associate administrator, but eventually took on more responsiblility with both the Project and the University, becoming the dean of students and a professor of philosophy. After the war, Kimpton became vice-president before going to Stanford University in 1947. 

Lawrence A. Kimpton's Timeline
1910 Born in Kansas City, Missouri
1931 Received B.A. from Stanford University
1932 Received M.A. from Stanford University
1935 Finished Ph.D. at Cornell University
1943 Joined the Met Lab in Chicago as an administrator for the Manhattan Project
1947 Left Chicago for Stanford to become professor of philosophy and dean of students
1960 Joined Standard Oil of Indiana

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