Dr. Arison has retired from a 57-year career in chemistry with Merck and now gives speeches on the industry and his involvement with the Manhattan Project
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, July 21, 2017- Byron H. Arison, PhD has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Arison is one of the many scientists who contributed the interdisciplinary expertise to enable the U.S. to build the atomic bomb during World War II. After serving for many years with the pharmaceutical firm Merck as a research chemist, he retired in 2004 to a position assisting in various research projects and to offer historical insight into a momentous time in American history. Since he retired, Dr. Arrison has been retained as a consultant with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, where he continues to improve the safety and sophistication of nuclear technologies.
Born in New York, New York in 1923 to Theodore Arison and Bertha Moselle, Dr. Arison studied chemistry with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, even then a significant city concentrating many American scientific talents. He joined the Dupont chemical company’s involvement with the Manhattan Project in 1944, and was posted with the University of Chicago and Hanford Works in Washington in conjunction with service in the U.S. Army. Dr. Arison’s team installed the uranium fuel into the nuclear reactor that produced plutonium, the vital component at the core of the atomic bombs that were used in 1945. Dr. Arison now gives speeches of his personal experiences in the production of the weapons that helped to end World War II.
After working with the Manhattan Project, Dr. Arison found employment with Merck in New Jersey in 1947 and continued to work for the successful pharmaceutical until his retirement in 2004. He returned to academia during that time as well, earning an MS in Organic Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn in 1951, followed by a PhD in 1967. Between those degrees, he married Ritsu Nakashima, and contributed over 200 articles to professional journals.
Dr. Arison is a member of the American Chemical Society, as well as a board member of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra since 2008. He was recognized for his dedication to American chemistry with inclusion in three volumes of Who’s Who in America from 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Arison’s first wife sadly passed away soon after his retirement, but in 2006, he remarried Arlene Cacoso Peterson, who is an invaluable companion. Dr. Arison enjoys travel, as well as music, photography, and theater. He is now 94 years old.