Biography and History

Charles Phelps Smyth, a graduate of Princeton in 1916, joined the University faculty in 1920. He became associate professor of chemistry in 1927 and professor in 1938. During World War II, Smyth worked on the atomic bomb for the Manhattan District Project, and served during the last months of the war with a scientific intelligence unit, Alsos Mission, near the front lines in Europe. He received the Medal of Freedom from the U.S. Army for his mission achievements. Smyth's chemical research was directed toward increased knowledge of the structure of matter. He was associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics (1933-1936, 1952-1954), published over 300 articles in scientific books and journals, and authored two books: Dielectric Constant and Molecular Structure (1931) and Dielectric Behavior and Structure (1955). He died in 1990.

Source: From the finding aid for C0367