Irving S. Shapiro

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Irving Saul Shapiro (July 15, 1916 - September 13, 2001) was an American lawyer and businessman, best known for being the first lawyer, and the first person outside the Dupont family, to become CEO of DuPont. Shapiro served as DuPont chairman from December 1973 to 1981.[1] In 1987, he took over leadership of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.[2]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shapiro was the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. His father was a dry cleaner and tailor.[1] He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.[1]

Shapiro joined Dupont in 1951.[3]


  • America's Third Revolution: Public Interest and the Private Role with Carl B. Kaufmann (1984)


  1. ^ a b c Oliver, Myrna (17 September 2001). "Obituaries: Irving Shapiro, 85; Top DuPont Exec, Lawyer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ Beardsley, Tim (July 1993). "Profile: Irving S. Shapiro – Science's Unscientific Champion". Scientific American. 269 (1): 28–29. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0793-28.
  3. ^ "Great American Business Leaders of the 20th Century: Irving S. Shapiro, DuPont Corporation: 1974 - 1981". Harvard Business School. 2011.

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