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Nate Montgomery

Nate Montgomery
Dr. Nate Montgomery is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.
Dr. Nate Montgomery became one of the top doctoral students in genetics and molecular biology in the country after finding his passion for science at North Central College, a small liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois, where he came to run cross country and learn to be a journalist, but earned a degree in biology. In a freshman cell biology class, he actually needed remedial help but fell in love with molecular biology.
 

David Rall

David Rall
David Rall is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Called “the intellectual and ethical founder of modern environmental medicine,” Dr. David Rall helped create the scientific field of environmental health. Many of the discoveries made in the 19 years he served as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences continue to influence health policy and environmental regulation today. He campaigned to strengthen laws protecting water from pesticides; he released studies linking asbestos to lung damage; and he oversaw research showing lead exposure could affect children’s development.

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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