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Herbert Melville Boylston

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Herbert Melville Boylston (c1882-1940)

1940 Obituary [1]

Herbert Melville Boylston, retired head of the metallurgy department at the Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, U.S., died at his summer home in Massachusetts on July 28, 1939, at the age of 58.

Boylston was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated at Harvard University in 1903 as a chemical engineer. His hobby was photography, and for his Master's degree he decided on an investigation of polished steel conducted with microscope and camera. This work brought him into contact with Albert Sauveur, who had recently been appointed to Harvard. Thus began an association which was to last a lifetime; together the two young men devised improvements in equipment and technique which soon led to their becoming leaders in the field of metallography.

In 1906 Boylston was appointed an instructor at Harvard. Later, when the amount of testing and consultation that these metallurgists were called upon to do had reached such proportions that the firm of Sauveur and Boylston was formed, he resigned his position to become managing partner in the business.

During the war of 1914-1918 Boylston did much work in connection with munitions and, at short notice, devised a method of heat-treatment for turbine blades which proved invaluable in the American destroyer production.

After the war Boylston was appointed Professor of Metallurgy at the Case School of Applied Science, and under him the department grew to be one of the largest metallurgical schools in the country.

He remained there until 1938 when he was forced to retire through severe arthritis.

Boylston was the author of a book on iron and steel which has been adopted in America as a standard text-book. He also wrote many papers on the metallography of iron and steel, and took an active part in many metallurgical and technical societies.

He was a joint member of the Institute of Metals and of the Iron and Steel Institute, and was elected in 1911.

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