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James F. Norris
(20 Jan 1871 - 4 Aug 1940)

American chemist who spent most of his career teaching chemistry at M.I.T. He wrote four successful chemistry textbooks.

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[Recalling Professor Ira Remsen's remarks (1895) to a group of his graduate students about to go out with their degrees into the world beyond the university:]
He talked to us for an hour on what was ahead of us; cautioned us against giving up the desire to push ahead by continued study and work. He warned us against allowing our present accomplishments to be the high spot in our lives. He urged us not to wait for a brilliant idea before beginning independent research, and emphasized the fact the Lavoisier's first contribution to chemistry was the analysis of a sample of gypsum. He told us that the fields in which the great masters had worked were still fruitful; the ground had only been scratched and the gleaner could be sure of ample reward.
— James F. Norris
Quoted in Frederick Hutton Getman, The Life of Ira Remsen (1980), 73.
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