Harold Bunger

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Harold Alan Bunger
Born 1896
Eaton, Ohio
Died August 1941 (aged 44–45)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Institutions Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Known for Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute

Harold Alan Bunger (1896 – August 15, 1941) was the head of Georgia Tech's chemistry department and the director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (then known as the Engineering Experiment Station) from 1940 until his death in 1941.[1][2]

Bunger was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Georgia Academy of Science, was a member of professional fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma and honor societies Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Lambda Epsilon.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Bunger was born in Eaton, Ohio. He received a bachelor of science degree, a chemical engineering degree, and a Ph.D., all from the University of Minnesota.[1]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia Tech hired Bunger in 1927 as an instructor.[1] He was promoted to head of the Chemical Engineering department in February 1940. Bunger was deeply involved in the creation of an industrial process for the economical production of flax with help from researchers at the Engineering Experiment Station and the Tennessee Valley Authority.[5]

Bunger had been involved in the creation of Georgia Tech's Engineering Experiment Station;[6] after its first director, W. Harry Vaughan, left for a higher-paying job at the Tennessee Valley Authority in December 1940, Bunger was named acting director of the station. Less than a year later, Bunger died suddenly on August 15, 1941 while visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1][3][7]


Georgia Tech's Bunger-Henry building is named after Harold Bunger and Arthur V. Henry. Built in 1964, it houses part of Georgia Tech's Chemical Engineering program.[8][9]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Inventory of the Harold Alan Bunger Correspondence, 1940". Georgia Tech Archives and Records Management. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ McMath, Robert C.; Ronald H. Bayor; James E. Brittain; Lawrence Foster; August W. Giebelhaus; Germaine M. Reed. Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885-1985. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. 
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Bunger, Tech's Ch.E. Head, Dies Suddenly On Trip". The Technique. 1941-09-10. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ "R. S. King and H. A. Bunger Initiated Into Tau Beta Pi, Thursday March, 3". The Technique. 1938-03-04. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  5. ^ Hill, Tom (1940-10-04). "Brilliant Research at Tech Develops Tremendous New South Industry". The Technique. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  6. ^ "W. Harry Vaughan". Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "History Makers". GTRI 75 Years. Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Facilities". Georgia Tech Fact Book. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  9. ^ "History". Alpha Omega. Retrieved 2010-01-26.