In the early years of the Cold War, Dr. Herschel Grose, who was still relatively new to Marietta College’s Chemistry Department, expressed the need for the government to incorporate the scientific community in government operations.
“Certainly the first step along this line would be the creation of a cabinet post of science,” he said during a 1957 interview with The Times Signal. “Suddenly the people of the United States have awakened to the grim realization that another nation is fully capable of matching the scientific and technological standards of this country. In fact, in certain fields Russia has gone ahead of us by an uncomfortable margin.”
Born Feb. 1, 1921 in Scircleville, Ind., to parents Herschel K. and Anna M. (Heaton) Grose, Herschel Gene Grose graduated cum laude from Indiana Central College in 1942 with a degree in Chemistry. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received training at Princeton University and at MIT.