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Professor John Nesbit Swan takes an X-ray of his son’s arm in 1897. The son, along with his two brothers, would follow in their father’s footsteps as noted Ph.D. chemists.

Forgotten Monmouth chemistry professor left scientific legacy

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A 1925 Baltimore newspaper photo shows Swan and his three sons, who as a family attended that year’s Baltimore meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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