Clipped From The Paris News

wduffee Member Photo

Clipped by wduffee

 - Parisian Has Hand in An outstanding scientist...
Parisian Has Hand in An outstanding scientist from Paris, Dr. • J. W. (Billy) Morris, had a part in the research toward the development of the atomic bomb which blasted -Hiroshima Sunday morning and possibly wip- ed it from the map. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Morris, 1417 Bonham St. Dr. Morris 1 part in the experiments were at the plants in Richland, Wash,, and at Oak Ridge, Ter.n. A 1935 graduate of Paris High School and 1937 graduate ot Paris Junior College, he is a graduate also of the University oi Texas, where he received his Ph. D. degree in chemical engineering in the spring o£ 1944. "Billy was one of the outstanding students in the class ot '35," said A. H, Chamness, PI-IS superintendent, and Thomas Jusliss, principal. His grade overage for four years was 97.75 and he was salutatorian. "He was one of the best in the drafting department," said Mr, Chamness, noting that drafting experience probably play- cy an important part in the work. At Paris Junior College, he was valedictorinn of his graduating class, making a straight A average for the two years. His work included such subjects as chemistry, mechanical drawing, trigonmetry, algebra, descriptive geometry, calculus and other mathmatics. In "The Bat" elections, ho was voted the most intellectual boy in PJC. He WHS science uusisumt, vice-president of the Science Club, and a member of Phi Thcta Kappa, honorary .fraternity. At the suggestion, of 'Forrest Blanlcenship, then chemistry professor at the college, a chemistry test for a scholarship at the college was given to some 20 or 30 students who entered. Winning the contest, Bi"y Morris entered the college as a freshman, on a scholarship. Recalling the scy.crul limes- his former student has been to see him, in the past few years ,Dr, McLeinore said that now Billy's Con You Find The Key To This Story? The keeper of the keys, they call him. Ho had been losing his keys to his business. So Tuesday night he left the keys where he could find them—in his store. He pulled the door shut. II locked. And with the keys inside. Dr. J. W, (Billy) Morris secrecy about his work is clear to him, "I asked, as I do other returning students, 'Billy, what sort ot work are you doing now,' and he answered 'government work'." When I asked him more specifically about his work I noticed tha'. he didn't seem to want to talk about it and said there was noth-' g more he could tell me," Looking back over the years that BiK.v Morris spent in Paris Junior Col:e K e, Dr. McUimore said that the aim of Forrest Blankenship in originating a chemistry scholarship at the college was the hopu that some day Paris Junior College would produce a great scientist, and "it looks as if we've done that," he added. Born in June, 1018, Dr. Morris received his bachelor of arts degree in chemical engineering in 19-10, his master of science in 1941, and his doctor of philosophy in 1944. Dr. W. A. Cunningham, head of the chemical engineering department, said he was "probably one of the 10 top men of the 600 graduated from the department." traction I University. AUSTIN, Texas (/I*) — Some of 'the IB University of 'enlists who helped develop the i atomic bomb were hounded by their draft boards and reviled in graciuaieo i™,,i u, c u,,,. He had top scholastic rating and was a member of several hon- orary chemical engineering so- cietics, tutor and research assist- ant -working on hydrocarbon ex- "-- processes (from petro- Ua C LI u.l JJi ULUsavia V.AIUIU jjwi-' leum), being developed at the University. nition. Texas sci-

Clipped from
  1. The Paris News,
  2. 08 Aug 1945, Wed,
  3. Page 1

wduffee Member Photo
  • Clipped by wduffee – 13 Jun 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in