North Central College - Naperville, IL

A Legacy of Science: College shapes vision for a 21st century science facility

For a college which numbers among its graduates many nationally and internationally recognized doctors, scientists, engineers and teachers of science, it’s hard to believe that four decades ago the future of science at North Central College was very much in doubt. The merger of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and Methodist churches in 1968 dramatically affected the EUB church’s historic role in supplying North Central with students and financial support.

Carl Gamertsfelder

Carl Gamertsfelder
Carl Gamertsfelder was present along with Fermi in Chicago when the world’s first nuclear reactor went critical.

How many of the scientists who have shaped our world can you identify? Here’s a few — all Nobel laureates: Harold Varmus. John Mather. Peter Agre. And their schools? Small liberal arts colleges.

Carl Gamertsfelder may not be a household name, like other nuclear age pioneers such as Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, but he was present along with Fermi in Chicago when the world’s first nuclear reactor went critical. And he was there at the launch of three of the world’s first four nuclear reactors.

Harvey Mehlhouse

Harvey Mehlhouse
The world today could use an efficiency expert like Harvey Mehlhouse.

The world today could use an efficiency expert like Harvey Mehlhouse. When the U.S. Treasury wanted to improve operations at the Philadelphia Mint in 1971, Mehlhouse was called in to help. At the time, he was president of Western Electric Company, which had a reputation for running a tight ship. Mehlhouse checked out the Mint’s operations, and the Treasury immediately adopted his recommendations for improving production planning, scheduling, quality control and materials handling.

J. Guy Woodward

J. Guy Woodward
At a time when new recording technologies were changing the entertainment world, J. Guy Woodward was making his mark at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, NJ.

How many of the scientists who have shaped our world can you identify? Here’s a few — all Nobel laureates: Harold Varmus. John Mather. Peter Agre. And their schools? Small liberal arts colleges.

Harold Zahl

Harold Zahl
Harold Zahl became a pioneer in the field of radar research, producing significant innovations for the U.S. military.

How many of the scientists
who have shaped our world can you identify? Here’s a few — all Nobel laureates: Harold Varmus. John Mather. Peter Agre. And their schools? Small liberal arts colleges.

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