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Joel Hildebrand: A Century of Science
Joel Henry Hildebrand was a chemist who began his scientific life before the turn of the century. He joined the UC Berkeley Chemistry Department in 1913 and worked there as a scientist until his death in 1983 at the age of 101. His 280 research papers, tied together physical phenomenon, and brought, as he was fond of saying, "order from chaos." His discovery of the use of helium and oxygen mixtures to alleviate the condition known as "the bends" saved 33 members of the downed submarine USS Squalus in 1939. Hildebrand's career might be said to have spanned seven or eight scientific generations.

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