Francis Frary, US electrochemist

Francis Frary, US electrochemist

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Caption: Francis Cowles Frary (1884-1970), US electrochemist. Frary studied at the University of Minnesota, obtaining his doctorate (1912) and teaching as Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1911-1915). He worked at the Oldbury Chemical Company, before joining the US Army in 1918, working on phosgene gas chemical weapons. After the First World War, he joined the Aluminum Company of America. He was co-author of 'The Aluminum Industry' (1930). Named after him is his invention, Frary metal, a calcium-barium-lead alloy used for bearings. Frary was President of the Electrochemical Society (1929-30) and was awarded its Acheson Award (1939).

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