Harold J. Read describes his family background and his upbringing in Illinois, where he also earned his BS and MA from the University of Illinois but Read later relocated to the University of Pennsylvania where his Ph.D. research brought him into the area of metallurgy. Read also worked for the Mellon Institute where his metal-work eventually led to equipment design and manufacturing prototypes for the Manhattan Project. Read was also greatly involved in the Electrochemical Society, eventually becoming its President while overlooking its publications.
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Read, Harold J. (Harold James), interviewed by James J. Bohning in Grove City, Florida on March 22, 1995. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0145. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/fj2363056.
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