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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Federal Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
There are a lot of things I don't do, but nothing I won't do.

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1939
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist
Federal Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
There are a lot of things I don't do, but nothing I won't do.

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1939
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Chemist and federal government administrator Tyrone D. Mitchell was born on May 6, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mitchell was taught by an excellent chemistry teacher at L.B. Landry High School who reinforced his interest in science. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Dillard University in New Orleans and earned his M.S. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. Mitchell then joined General Electric Company (GE) as a process chemist. In 1971, he became an associate staff chemist at General Electric R & D Center. Mitchell received his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

After completing his education, Mitchell joined General Electric Silicones as a senior chemist. In 1990, after twenty-five years, he left GE, with the company, having co-authored sixteen technical publications. During his time there, he received more than twenty-five United States patents in the areas of organosilicon chemistry, polymer chemistry and the synthesis of adhesion promoters for use in silicone sealants. The products he helped to develop produced over $100 million in annual sales in 1990. He joined Corning Incorporated where he worked in developing new coatings for optical fibers. Mitchell held a number of management positions in the Science & Technology Division at Corning, where he sought out new technology to improve Corning’s research and development projects. In 2000, he retired from Corning to serve as a program officer in the Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2003, he was promoted to program director of the Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry Program.

Mitchell has served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing at Clarkson University and the Technology Transfer Society. He was a member of the Chemistry Section Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member-at-large to the Industrial Science & Technology Section of AAAS. In 2006, he was inducted as an AAAS fellow. Mitchell is married to Sandra Parker Mitchell and they have three children: Tracey, Tyrone, Jr. and Todd.

Tyrone D. Mitchell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 27, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tyrone Mitchell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his father's work experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tyrone Mitchell describes the neighborhoods where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tyrone Mitchell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his involvement in church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his interdiction to science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his thoughts about college as a young person
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about living with his Aunt Edna
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about L. B. Landry High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his high school interests and activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about the space race and the focus on science in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about the guidance and advice he received from his high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his decision to attend Dillard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell describes the chemistry department at Dillard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his research of azides with Dr. Jan Hamer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his organic chemistry courses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his decision to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tyrone Mitchell describes the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his preparation for graduate school and his mentor, Dr. Claiborne Griffin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about being hired to work for General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his work at General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his doctoral studies (part 1)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his doctoral studies (part 2)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his doctoral research on reactions of esters with amines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his patents and his work with aminosilanes at General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about silicon breast implants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell summarizes his work at General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his decision to work at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his efforts to improve diversity at Corning Incorported
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about Corning's efforts to increase the minority representation in graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about Corning's efforts to improve conditions for women
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Tyrone Mitchell's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his decision to work at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his work at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about Corning Incorporated's efforts to employ more women and minorities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about the leadership at Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about Historically Black Colleges and Corning Incorporated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Tyrone Mitchell compares General Electric and Corning International
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about leaving Corning Incorporated's employment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about going to work for the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his wife and his family life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his work as program director for the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about the nation's focus on STEM and federal funding
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his move to the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell discusses the presence of African Americans at the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about honors he has received
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about funding for the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about the importance of research for smaller institutions
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about resources available to small schools
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about Historically Black Colleges and the importance of a research focus
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Tyrone Mitchell reflects on his career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Tyrone Mitchell shares his hopes and concerns for the African American Community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his children (part 1)
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Tyrone Mitchell talks about his children (part 2)
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Tyrone Mitchell tells how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Tyrone Mitchell describes his photos