Photograph of Indiana Governor Henry Schricker (left) and Congressional Candidate Charles C. Price. An American chemist best known as a pioneer of polymer science and inventor of polyether polyurethane foam rubber, Charles Price ran as the Democratic nominee for Indiana's 3rd congressional district in the 1952 election.
Charles C. Price was born on July 13, 1913 in Passaic, New Jersey, the first child of Thornton Walton Price, a mechanical engineer, and Helen Marot Farley. At age six, Price notably lost his right hand in an accident with a box of exploding dynamite caps. In 1934, Price graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in chemistry and subsequently earned both a Masters (1935) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1936), where he studied under organic chemist Louis Fieser (1899-1977). In addition to serving as President of the American Chemical Society (1965), Price was also an active Quaker and an advocate for nuclear disarmament, serving on committees including the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace, the Council for a Livable World, and the Committee on a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). Charles C. Price died at his home in Haverford, Pennsylvania on February 11, 2001.
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“Indiana Governor Henry Schricker and Congressional Candidate Charles C. Price,” August 1952. Charles C. Price Photograph Collection, Box 1. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/mrcyeke.
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