Far Hills Speaker Series - A Brief History of Monsanto

Oakwood Historical Society​Bob Bowman will present A Brief History of the Monsanto Company Laboratories in Dayton and Miamisburg, OH on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Far Hills Speaker Series, a collaboration between the Oakwood Historical Society and Wright Memorial Public Library.  In 1928, Charles A. Thomas and Carroll A. Hochwalt co-founded Thomas & Hochwalt Laboratories in Dayton, OH, a research chemical corporation, located at 1515 Nicholas Rd in southern Dayton. The Monsanto Chemical Company acquired the corporation in 1936, and it became known as the Monsanto Central Research Department. In these facilities, the Dayton Project of the Manhattan Engineer District conducted research on the first atomic bomb. After World War II, the government built The Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg. The Monsanto Company managed the Mound until 1988. This presentation gives a historical overview of the very diverse missions, roles and activities for both the Monsanto Dayton and Miamisburg Laboratories.

Bob Bowman serves on the board of director for the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association and is also active in a number of historical societies. Dr. Bowman holds a Ph.D. degree in chemistry and was employed by Monsanto at the Mound Laboratory for 15 years.

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