- 1939-1993 (Creation)
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Harry Leverne Williams was a pioneer in the development of synthetic rubber and one of the most widely known polymer scientist in Canada. He received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from McGill University in 1943 and after spending some time as a researcher at the University of Western Ontario, he was hired by Polymer Corp. of Sarnia, Ontario in 1946. He began as a Research Chemist and rose through the ranks to become Principal Scientist. During his time at Polymer, he published widely and applied for and authored numerous patents.
In 1967, he moved from the private to the academic sector by accepting a position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. During his time at the University, he continued to research and publish while teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. He supervised eight Ph.D. students, seventeen MSc. students and numerous undergraduates. Williams also consulted extensively for manufacturing companies and for engineering, legal, patent and insurance firms.
In 1977 the Chemical Institute of Canada presented him with the Dunlop Lecture Award for outstanding contribution to the field of macromolecular science. Upon his retirement from the University in 1982, he was made Professor Emeritus. He died in August 1993.
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Records documenting the career of Dr. H. Leverne Williams as a chemical engineer and distinguished polymer scientist. Includes papers, articles, addresses, reviews, correspondence, manuscripts, association files, lectures, reports, certificates and photographs. Records cover both his research at Polymer Corporation (Sarnia, Ont.) 1946-1967 and his work as a faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering 1967-82, as well as Professor Emeritus from 1982 until his death in 1994.
This accession contains the following series of records. See series description for further details:
Series 1: Professional correspondence
Series 2: Manuscripts, addresses and reports
Series 3: Reviews
Series 4: Association files
Series 5: Chemical Engineering Research Consultants Limited
Series 6: Laboratory notebooks
Series 7: Graphic records
Series 8: Diplomas and honours