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William B. Bell

American Cyanamid Company

1922 - 1950

Chemicals & Industrial

1920 b. 1879
UndergraduateHaverford College
GraduateMA, Haverford College & JD, Columbia University
Born-Died1879 - 1950
BirthplacePennsylvania (PA)
FatherExecutive, High-Level
Era - 1920

Bell diversified American Cyanamid, developing the company into the 5th largest producer of chemicals in the U.S., manufacturing over 5,000 products. Bell developed new processes for the commercial production of prussiate of soda, dycyandiamide, guanidine rubber accelerators, and alklyd type coating resins, as well as melamine resins, which were used in making work surfaces impervious to scratches and stains. During the 1940s and 50s, Bell also expanded American Cyanamid's activities in drug research and production.