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Mellon, M. G. (Melvin Guy), 1893-1993



  • Existence: October 25, 1893 - September 6, 1993

Biographical Information

Melvin Guy Mellon was born on a farm near Erie, Pennsylvania in 1893. He attended a one room school that housed eight grades. At an early age, Mellon learned to play the piano and developed a lifelong appreciation for music. He was one of two people in his high school class. After graduation from Conneaut Lake High School in 1910, Mellon enrolled in Allegheny College and received his bachelor's degree there in 1915. His graduate work was done at Ohio State University where he obtained his doctorate degree in 1919.

He and his wife Catharine met at Ohio State and were wed in 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mellons were married for 71 years. Both Catharine and the Mellons' daughter, Frances, were accomplished musicians. Mr. and Mrs. Mellon were active in social aspects of the chemistry department, helping new faculty and their families adjust to their transition to Purdue.

Mellon's awards include honorary degrees from Allegheny College, Mount Union College, and Purdue University. He received the Fischer Award (1952), Anachem Award (1953) and A. M. Patterson Award (1957), and his publications number more than 200. Professor Mellon died in 1993; just seven weeks shy of his 100th birthday.

After his death, Purdue University established the Amy-Mellon Lectureship in Analytical Chemistry in 1988 and the Professor M. Guy Mellon Scholarship in 2008.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Mellon, Melvin G., June 21, 1972

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2, Series 1, Sub-Series 27
Scope and Contents One oral history interview with Melvin G. Mellon by Robert B. Eckles.
Dates: June 21, 1972

Melvin G. Mellon papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 31, Placement: 13
Identifier: MSF 264
Scope and Contents The collection consists of three folders with articles by M. G. Mellon.
Dates: 1920 - 1986

Melvin Guy Mellon papers, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20161212
Dates: circa 1945 - 1997

Melvin Guy Mellon papers, addition 02

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20170111.2
Dates: circa 1967 - 2006

Purdue University Office of Publications Oral History Program collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2
Scope and Contents The Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection documents Purdue University history through oral history interviews with Purdue University professors and administrators. Types of materials include: printed material, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, compact discs, and digital materials. Interview topics include Purdue history and changes in administration and academic departments.
Dates: 1969 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1972