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Tracy HALL

American Tracy HALL

born Howard Tracy HALL

American physical chemist, and the first person who grew a synthetic diamond according to a reproducible, verifiable and witnessed process

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Born: on October 20, 1919 in Ogden, Utah, USA
Died: on July 25, 2008 in Provo, Utah, USA


Biography

Tracy Hall was born in Ogden, Utah. His full name was Howard Tracy Hall, but he often used the name H. Tracy Hall or, simply, Tracy Hall. He was a descendant of Utah pioneers who were devout Mormons. Tracy grew up on a farm in Marriott, Utah. When still in the fourth grade, he announced his intention to work for General Electric. He attended Weber College for two years, and married Ida-Rose Langford in 1941. He went to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he received his B. S. degree in 1942 and an M. S. in the following year. For the next two years, he served as an ensign in the U. S. Navy. He returned to the University of Utah in 1946, where he was Henry Eyring's first graduate student. and was awarded his Ph. D. in physical chemistry in 1948. Two months later he realized his childhood dream by starting work at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York. He joined a team focused on synthetic diamond making, code named "Project Superpressure" headed by an engineer, Anthony Nerad.

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- Category Physicist, Chemist