Harold A. Bunger (acting)

Bridging the Gap

Born in 1896 in Eaton, Ohio, Harold Alan Bunger had been named head of Georgia Tech's Department of Chemical Engineering when he became acting director of EES from 1940 until his death in August 1941.

Bunger, involved with the genesis of the EES, worked with its researchers and others from the Tennessee Valley Authority to create an industrial process for the economical production of flax.

Hired at Georgia Tech as a chemical engineering instructor in 1929, Bunger was promoted to the head of the department in February 1941. He received his bachelor of science degree, a chemical engineering degree, and his Ph.D., all from the University of Minnesota.

He served in the U.S. Army artillery forces during World War I. He was a member of the Georgia Academy of Science, the American Society of Chemical Engineers, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Pi Lambda Epsilon.

Bunger died on August 15, 1941, while on a trip to Minneapolis. The Bunger-Henry building, named after Harold Bunger and Arthur V. Henry, was built in 1964 and houses part of the Georgia Tech School of Chemical Engineering.

For more, visit the Wikipedia article on Harold Bunger.