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NORTON, Thomas Herbert, chemist, born in Rushford, New York, 30 June, 1851. He was graduated at Hamilton college in 1873, and then went to Europe, where he studied chemistry, receiving in 1875 the degree of Ph. D. from the University of Heidelberg. He was assistant in chemistry at the University of Berlin in 1877, and in 1878-'83 manager of the chemical works of the Compagnie generale des cyanures in Paris. He then returned to the United States, and in 1883 was appointed professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Norton has contributed to science important researches on the metals of the cerium group, various discoveries in organic chemistry, and other miscellaneous investigations, including valuable processes in the manufacture of ammonia. He has also achieved distinction as a pedestrian, haying travelled 12,000 miles on foot through Europe and western Asia, and was the first to demonstrate the feasibility of pedestrianism in Greece and Syria. He is a member of the chemical societies of Berlin, St. Petersburg, London, and Paris.
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