individuals played the most prominent roles in Sohio's acrylonitrile
Veatch was research supervisor for petro-chemicals, polymers,
and new petroleum processes. He possessed a technical, creative
genius, and he inspired co-workers to achieve a goal, however impossible
it might seem. Veatch received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the
University of Arizona and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in
1947. He held 61 U.S. patents by the time of his retirement in 1978.
He died in 1980.
L. Callahan, a research associate, coordinated catalyst research
and development, including the discovery of improved methods of
catalyst manufacture. He was renowned for converting hydrocarbon
materials to petrochemicals. Callahan received his B.S. degree from
Baldwin-Wallace College and his M.S. degree and, in 1957, his Ph.D.
from Case Western Reserve University. Retired since 1985, he is
credited with more than 200 patents and publications.
F. Morrill, as president of Vistron Corp., was the product-process
champion on the business side. Vistron was the chemical division
of Sohio from 1966 to 1982. Morrill received his bachelor's degree
in civil engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1929.
His ability to "see" a revolutionary and economically
dominating chemical process was crucial to the project's success.
Morrill took the necessary risks that led to successful commercialization.
D. Idol, Jr., a research associate who supervised and carried
out research and feasibility testing, holds the basic patent for
the process. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from William
Jewell College and, in 1955, his Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue
C. Milberger, a research associate, carried out the advancement
of the Sohio process from small-scale research to pilot plant. He
received his A.B. and M.A. degrees in chemistry from the University
of Missouri and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in
1957. He holds 80 patents, mostly in the catalytic process area.
G. Cross, a development supervisor, was responsible for pilot
plant development of the Sohio process, as well as for preliminary
engineering and precommercial economic evaluation of the overall
process concept. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering
from Ohio State University and, in 1960, his M.S. degree in engineering
administration from Case Institute of Technology.
significant contributors to the invention, development, and commercialization
of the Sohio process include Arthur F. Miller, a research
associate who developed the commercial method for manufacturing
improved catalysts; Robert K. Grasselli, a catalyst research
associate who was involved in the early oxidation research, the
development of subsequent generations of Sohio catalysts, and the
detailed mechanisms of ammoxidation reactions; and Robert W.
Foreman, a group leader during the early research phase and
a co-inventor of the bismuth phosphomolybdate propylene-to-acrolein