Crossing of Destinies

By David S. Pollock

Father Julius Nieuwland, CSC, was cordial as we walked into his lab, even though he was playing hooky from a Notre Dame convocation.

He was wearing a heavy black rubber apron—curious for the man whose research in acetylene provided the key to developing synthetic rubber. The cigar he was smoking helped cut the pungent smell of the old chemistry building.…

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