A tall aluminum statue on the second floor of the Science Center receives a lot of attention—it is traditionally dressed and decorated by students, staff, and faculty for holidays and special occasions. Valentine’s Day was the inspiration for a debonair top hat, tie, and flowers.
Charles Martin Hall, an 1885 Oberlin College graduate, unlocked a commercially viable process for extracting aluminum metal from ore under the guidance of Oberlin chemistry Professor Frank Jewett. Hall set up his laboratory outside his family’s home in an attached woodshed in Oberlin. On February 23, 1886, his experiments paid off.
In this week’s photo series we visit the statue that honors this Oberlin pioneer and the enduring looks it has worn.
See more of Hall's looks over the years on the Oberlin Flickr page.
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