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Stanford University
Stanford University
, SRI International
SRI International

ALMA MATER

Stanford University
Stanford University
, Yale University
Yale University

ROBERT ECKLES SWAIN (January 5, 1875 - May 31, 1961) was an alumnus of and faculty member at Stanford University
Stanford University
, a mayor of Palo Alto, California and a founder of SRI International
SRI International
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Legacy * 4 References

EARLY LIFE

Born on January 5, 1875 in Hollister, California
Hollister, California
, a town that his father and three associates had founded. After two years of high school, Swain entered Stanford University
Stanford University
in its fourth class of undergraduates. His professor Jarius Maxson Stillman , head of Stanford's Department of Chemistry, convinced him to study chemistry. Swain graduated with his bachelor's degree in 1899.

Swain's first academic job occurred in 1898, prior to his graduation; he was a teaching assistant. In 1899, he was appointed as an instructor at Stanford, but left on a leave of absence to study biochemistry at Yale University
Yale University
under Lafayette Mendel and Russell Henry Chittenden . Swain received a master's degree in 1901. The following year, he worked with Franz Hofmeister at Strassburg and with Albrecht Kossel at Heidelberg, returning to Stanford as an assistant professor in 1902. After another year of leave, Swain completed a Ph.D. at Yale in 1904.

CAREER

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In 1912, Swain attained the rank of full professor. In 1917, he became the head of Stanford's chemistry department, succeeding the professor that convinced him to pursue chemistry; he would hold that position until his retirement in 1940. From 1929 to 1933, Swain was acting president of Stanford University
Stanford University
while Ray Lyman Wilbur
Ray Lyman Wilbur
was United States Secretary of the Interior
United States Secretary of the Interior
for Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover
.

Swain also participated in local politics, and was mayor of Palo Alto, California for three terms from 1914 to 1916, and a member of the city council from 1912 to 1921.

Swain was a strong proponent of the establishment of a research institute at Stanford University, which would eventually become SRI International .

LEGACY

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Swain and his wife Juanita Jaffe Swain had two children: Robert Cuthbertson Swain , himself a prominent chemist, and Dorothy Muriel Swain, who married Ralph Norman Begien Jr.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C D E F G H I J "Memorial Resolution: Robert Eckles Swain (1875-1961)" (PDF). Stanford University
Stanford University
. Retrieved 2011-12-28. * ^ A B "Swains of Progress". Chemical & Engineering News
Chemical & Engineering News
. American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society
. 19 (20): 1145–1146. 1941-10-25. doi :10.1021/cen-v019n020.p1145 . * ^ Gillmor, C. Stewart (2004-09-22). Fred Terman at Stanford: building a discipline, a university, and Silicon Valley. Stanford University Press . p. 40. Retrieved 2011-12-31. * ^ Nielson, Donald (2006). A Heritage of Innovation: SRI's First Half Century. SRI International. pp. F1–4. ISBN 978-0-9745208-1-0 . * ^ "Robert C. Swain, 81, Chemist and Executive". New York Times
New York Times
. 1989-02-14. Retrieved 2011-12-28. * ^ "Zana Begien". Richmond Times-Dispatch . 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-12-28.

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Stanford University
Stanford University
presidents

* David Starr Jordan
David Starr Jordan
* John Casper Branner
John Casper Branner
* Ray Lyman Wilbur
Ray Lyman Wilbur
* Robert E. Swain (acting) * Donald Tresidder * Alvin C. Eurich (acting) * Wallace Sterling * Kenneth Pitzer * Richard Wall Lyman * Donald Kennedy * Gerhard Casper * John L. Hennessy * Marc Tessie

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