of the Office of the MIT President
JAMES MASON CRAFTS,
Mason Crafts, 1839-1917, S.B., Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard
University, 1858, was president of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology from 1897 to 1900. After graduating from Harvard in 1858 he
studied chemistry in Germany, supplemented by four years of additional
study in Paris before returning to the U.S. in 1865. Much of his
subsequent career was divided between chemical laboratories in the U.S.
and the Sorbonne in France.
a professor of chemistry at Cornell College (1867-1870) and at MIT
(1870-1880 and 1892-1897). In 1890 he became a life member of the MIT
Corporation. He was one of the most highly regarded chemists of his
by the Institute Archives, MIT Libraries
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