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Alex Golden Oblad



Alex Golden Oblad (1909 – 2000) was a prominent chemist and chemical engineer principally recognized for his pioneering work in catalysis and catalytic chemistry.

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Oblad was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Educated first at the University of Utah and subsequently receiving a Ph.D. from Purdue University, he spent the bulk of his career working for energy and engineering companies developing innovative chemical processes. His career began at Standard Oil of Indiana in the 1930s and included increasingly important research and management positions at Mobil Oil, Houdri Process Company, Air Products and Chemicals, and the M.W. Kellogg Company, of which Dr. Oblad became Vice President of Research.

Among his most recognized achievements was development of catalytic cracking that made economically feasible the low-cost, mass production of high-octane gasoline. After a distinguished career in industry, Oblad accepted a teaching and research position at the University of Utah as Distinguished Professor of Fuels Engineering, where he also served for several years as acting college dean.

A life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and dedicated husband and father of six, Oblad died in 2000 of causes incident to age.

 
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