The papers of Willard Thomas Grubb, a research chemist at General Electric. Contains a mix of working papers, articles and reports mostly focused on Grubb's work with fuel cells.
2.3 cubic feet
Scope and Content:
This collection mostly consists of technical materials relating to Grubb’s work with fuel cells, though mostly after his famous work with hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. These materials include experimental data, notebooks, reports and articles.
Biographical / Historical:
Willard Thomas Grubb received his Masters degree and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1949. He immediately joined GE's research lab, and spent the next 38 years as a research chemist. Much of his work dealt with organo-silicon compounds. In the 1950’s he helped to develop the ion-exchange membrane systems that became part of the first hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells.
These fuel cells, using a proton-conducting solid ion-exchange membrane as electrolyte, were used for power generation in the Gemini Spacecraft. As a result of his work, Grubb gained a patent on the ion-membrane fuel cell and became known as the expert of fuel cells.
Grubb produced or collaborated on over 40 technical papers and received 26 patents during his career. In 1973, he was elected as a Coolidge Fellow, GE’s highest scientific honor.
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