Forward Thinking: 1910s


Roger G. Perkins, a medical faculty member, develops a process for chlorinating drinking water, an important step in eradicating the source of typhoid bacilli.


Albert W. Smith, an alumnus and chair of the chemistry department, establishes one of the nation's first programs in chemical engineering at the Case School of Applied Science. He is among a handful of chemists who found the field.


The School of Applied Social Sciences is founded as one of the nation's first university-affiliated schools of social work.


Alumnus and medical faculty member Henry J. Gerstenberger develops the first simulated milk formula for infants.


Founder of Western Reserve Universty's School of French, Emile de Sauze publishes Cours pratique de Francais, which emphasizes learning foreign language by listening, speaking, reading and writing, using the target language exclusively. This so-called Cleveland Method represents a total departure from the traditional grammartranslation method that had been used.