Elected in 1992
“For contributions to cryogenic gas liquefaction and separation technology,
especially for the production of liquefied natural gas.”
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
LEE STROHL GAUMER, a chemical engineer who contributed creatively to the field of cryogenics for over 37 years, died July 24, 2010, at the age of 84.
Born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania in 1926, Lee was the son of the late Lee Strohl Gaumer, Sr., and the late Mary Louise (Kistler) Gaumer. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1948 with a degree in chemical engineering. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, working on the Manhattan Project. He also worked at White Sands Rocket Proving Grounds.
From 1948 until 1952, Lee worked as a chemical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1952 he joined Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., as a process engineer. Lee was a part of Air Products and Chemicals from its earliest days and contributed to the development of major industrial gas technologies instrumental in the company’s growth. He retired from the company as technical director in 1992. His research was concerned with many low-temperature processes such as cryogenic air separation, hydrogen and helium extraction and purification, and natural gas liquefaction. The pioneering nature of his research career is evidenced by his 16 patents. His major career achievements were the liquefaction of hydrogen, the fuel of choice for the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, and the liquefaction of natural gas, now applied worldwide.