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Julian Reasenberg

Julian Robert Reasenberg was born in Spring Glen, New York on October 4, 1916, the son of the son of Sadie and Afner Reasenberg (Polish-born German Jewish immigrants to the U.S. in 1904), an "importer of novelties." Julian received his B.S. (1936), M.S. (1938) and PhD (1941) from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He worked as a research chemist for Novocol Chemical Corporation (1940-1941), then as Chief Chemist for Oradent Chemical Company and G-M Chemical Company (1941-1944), and as Research Director for Mizzy Inc. (1944-1960). He served as President of the Ortho Chemical Corporation (1960-1962) and of Roehr Chemical Corporation beginning in 1963.

Some of Julian's research projects involved synthesis and evaluation of local anesthetics, dental impression materials, catalytic hydrogenation, and sterilization through cellophane; he published numerous technical papers in chemistry, as well as an article on “New Artinite Find on Staten Island, N. Y.” in Rocks & Minerals in 1968. He had a strong interest in mineralogy, and built a substantial mineral collection. He was a member of numerous professional organizations including the Mineralogical Society of America, the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the American Chemical Society.

Julian married Lillian Gerber in 1940 and they had three children (Robert, Paul and Margie). Lillian collected minerals enthusiastically with her husband, and served a term as President of the Brooklyn Mineralogical Society. Together they traveled the world collecting minerals and trading specimens with museums.

Julian Reasenberg died in Brooklyn, New York in June 1985; Lillian moved to South Orange, New Jersey in 1986, where she continued her subscription to the Mineralogical Record through 1993; she died in 2005. The Julian R. Reasenberg Memorial Prize was eastablished for outstanding original research in Chemistry, as well as the Dr. Julian R. Reasenberg Memorial Scholarship at Brooklyn Polytechnic.

American Men and Women of Science, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th editions. (1976, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1989), New York: R.R. Bowker.
New York Times, May 20, 2005: Obituary, Reasenberg, Lillian (nee Gerber).
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