About This Collection
Charles Munroe (1849-1938), the inventor of smokeless gunpowder, was head of the Department of Chemistry and the Dean of the Corcoran Scientific School at Columbian University (which became George Washington University in 1904.) between 1892 and 1898. He held a concurrent appointment as the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at GW, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1894 and LL.D in 1912. He retired in 1919, and was Dean Emeritus of the School of Graduate Studies and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry from 1919-1938.
Dr. Munroe was considered one of the world's authorities on explosives, and authored more than 100 books on that subject, as well as chemistry. He was the recipient of numerous honors from governments and scientific societies, including an appointment in 1900 by the Swedish Academy of Science to nominate the candidate for the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Dr. Munroe served as president of the American Chemical Society and fellow of the Chemical Society of London. Domestically, he was a consultant to the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines.
This collection contains correspondence, articles, lecture notes, newspaper clippings, notebooks, and photographs (1882-1936) of Charles Munroe.