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Mildred Rebstock

Mildred Rebstock
Mildred Rebstock is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

A few notable inventions and discoveries occurred in 1947. The Polaroid camera. The microwave oven. Chloromycetin.

Chloromycetin might not be a household word like the others, but it was one of the great scientific achievements of that era. It’s the world’s first synthetically engineered antibiotic that could be mass produced quickly and cheaply, and the first drug to work against typhoid fever and other diseases. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a degree in chemistry.

Daniel Ruge

Daniel Ruge
Daniel Ruge is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Sometimes a lifetime of training and preparation plays out in a few crucial moments.

Dr. Daniel A. Ruge graduated with a degree in zoology from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. He went on to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon and an expert on spinal cord injuries.

A Legacy of Science-Mildred Rebstock

From the science labs of Goldspohn Hall in the early 1940s came a scientist who was featured in Time magazine and honored in Washington D.C. Dr. Mildred Rebstock was given much of the credit for finding a synthetic form of chloromycetin. At the time, antibiotics had to be grown slowly from molds and the rarity of chloromycetin (discovered in 1947) limited its widespread use in combating diseases like typhoid fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That changed with Rebstock’s discovery in 1949.

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.

Roger Hruby

Roger Hruby
Roger Hruby graduated with a degree in chemistry from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois.

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.

Jeremy Schmutz

Jeremy Schmutz
Jeremy Schmutz parlayed his undergraduate education at a liberal arts institution into a key role in the sequencing of the human genome.

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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