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Leo Baekeland (1863-1944) earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Ghent when he was just 21 years old. A few years later, he won a competition open to recent graduates from Belgian universities. This silver frond is part of his prize. The inscriptions on the stem read “HOMME DE LA VILLE DE GAND” and “LEO BAEKELAND” and “PREMIER EN SCIENCES CHIMIQUES” and “COURS DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR.”
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Object Name
Hommage de la ville de Gand
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 33 cm x 6.5 cm; 13 in x 2 9/16 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Karraker
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National Museum of American History
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