Father Nieuwland and the 'Dew of Death'

By Joel A. Vilensky

Many people know Father Julius Nieuwland, CSC, as the chemist and botanist for whom Nieuwland Science Hall is named. His greatest claim to fame was helping perfect synthetic rubber in the 1930s.

Few people know that the priest inadvertently discovered a deadly chemical weapon that he later believed would help make wars more humane.…

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