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Arden L. Bement, Jr. papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 66, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSF 530

Content Description

The manuscript, "Memoirs of an Insatiable Technologist", is a detailed description of Arden L. Bement Jr.’s personal and professional life. It covers his genealogy, starting in the 17th century and his life history starting at his birth in 1932 through 2013. The manuscript contains 14 chapters, and 171 pages. Chapter 10 and 13 are related to his tenure at Purdue University. His first appointment at Purdue was from 1992-2001 with the School of Materials Engineering, and his last appointment was Director of the Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) from 2010-2013.


  • 2013

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Arden Lee Bement Jr. (born May 22, 1932) is an American engineer and scientist who served in executive positions in government, industry and academia. He is a former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, Chief Technical Officer of TRW Inc., Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 and became the founding director of the Global Policy Research Institute and Chief Global Affairs officer at Purdue University. He earned an undergraduate degree in metallurgy from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, He is also a recipient of honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense.

Source: National Science Foundation,


0.025 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Arden Bement, July, 2013.

Condition Description


Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.
Arden L. Bement, Jr. papers
Saad Mukhtar
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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