James Lu Valle born


James Lu Valle
Date: 
Sun, 1912-11-10

*James Lu Valle was born on this date in 1912. He was an African American Chemist.

From in San Antonio, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1936. During that time he ran track for UCLA and won a Bronze medal in 400 meter race in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1937, Lu Valle earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in 1940 from California Institute of technology.

Dr. Lu Valle taught at Fisk University as chemistry instructor from 1940 to 1941. From 1941-1942, Lu Valle began working for Kodak Research Laboratory. During World War II, he worked with Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) at the University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology, 1942-1943. Returning to Kodak, Dr. Lu Valle became Senior Chemist for the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratory. From 1945-53, he worked as a Research Associate. From 1953 to 1959 he served as Project Director for Technical Operations, Inc.

In 1959 he became Director of Basic Research for Fairchild Camera and Instrument in Syoset, New York. Since 1975 Dr. Lu Valle served as Laboratory Administrator for undergraduate chemistry labs for the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. Dr. Lu Valle's areas of research focus on photochemistry, electron diffraction, and magnetic resonance.

Dr. James Lu Valle died January 30, 1993 of a heart attack while vacationing in New Zealand.

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