Forward Thinking: 1940s


Harland G. Wood, who would later discover that all living organisms, not just plants, use carbon dioxide to build organic molecules, joins Western Reserve University as the first chair of the Department of Biochemistry.


Western Reserve University sociologist Richard Schermerhorn advances the study of intergroup and ethnic relations with the first of three pioneering books, These Our People: Minorities in American Culture, which addresses ethnic and race relations in the United States.