George L. Royer

­Seventh Olney Medalist 1950
American Cyanamid Co., Bound Brook, N.J.

George L. Royer, Seventh Olney Medalist 1950


Dr. George L. Royer was born in Akron, Ohio in 1908. He obtained his secondary education in the Akron public schools, and a B.S. from Akron University, where he majored in Chemistry. His Ph.D. was received from Cornell University in 1932 with a major in optical chemistry which included the use of microscopy and spectrography in the study of chemical problems.

In 1932 he joined American Cyanamid Co., Calco Chemical Division, Bound Brook, New Jersey, as a microscopist in their Research Laboratory and shortly joined the new Physics Laboratory. In 1935 he was transferred to the Analytical Department to establish micro­chemical laboratory. Five papers were published in this field with his various co­workers on special apparatus designed for automatic combustion of organic compounds by the methods of Pregl. During this period he was elected secretary­treasurer of the newly formed Division of Microchemistry of the American Chemical Society, which has now become the Division of Analytical Chemistry. After several years in this office he was elected chairman of the section. In 190 Dr. Royer was transferred to the Physical chemistry Research Section at Calco and soon became an assistant director. He is now in charge of this section with the title of Assistant Director of Application Research. His activities have centered on the use of microscopy, spectrophotometry, and various physical­chemical techniques relative to the application of dyes to textiles. Approximately thirty papers and a number of patents have been published with various co­workers in these related fields. Because of the work he did in color photomicrography, he was made one of the first Fellows of the B.P.A. and is at present on its Board of Directors. In 1947 he was invited to England by the Society of Dyers and Colourists and presented three papers before six sections of the society and also before a meeting of textile chemists in Switzerland on the work which was being done at Calco.

Courtesy American Dyestuff Reporter

Dr. Royer has been active in the American Institute of Chemists, and joined committees which published reports in Chemist. He was Chairman of the North Jersey Section and later represented New Jersey on the National Council.

As a member of the American Chemical Society since 1927, he has been active in local and national meetings. Three years ago he was appointed Chairman of the New Activities Committee of the North Jersey Section and was responsible for its report on proposed changes in the North Jersey Section Organization. In 1949 he was elected Chairman­Elect of the North Jersey Section and took office on July 1, 1950.

He is a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, American Association of Textile Technologists, Society of Dyers and Colourists, Metropolitan Microchemical Society, a Fellow of the Biological Photographers Association, a Fellow of the New York Microscopical Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and American Chemical Society.

His hobbies include stamp collecting, in which he became interested because of his children; photography, which is an outgrowth of his interest in scientific photography; and television, which came as a result of amateur interest in building his own set. He married Elizabeth Hershey in 1932, whom he had met at Cornell, and they have three children, George, Jr., age 16; Joan, age 12, and Elizabeth Anne, age 2.


Publications and Sources

  1. “Olney Medal to be awarded to George L. Royer,” American Dyestuff Reporter, September 4, 1950, p579
  2. Microscopical Identification of Lanital, Aralac and Soybean Fibers, by G. L. Royer, American Dyestuff Reporter, March 29, 1943, 2 pages.
  3. Shrinkage Control Of Wool By Melamine Resins, Part I: Microscopical Observations, by C. Maresh and G. L. Royer, Part II: Torsional Rigidity and Elastic Properties of Single Fibers, by H. R. McCleary and G. L. Royer, American Cyanamid Co., 1949, Textile Finishing Bulletin No. 123, 14 pages.
  4. A Microscopical Study of Dyed Wool, by G. L. Royer and Charles Maresh, American Cyanamid Co., 1943, Calco Technical Bulletin No. 694, 6 pages.
  5. Application of Microscopy to the Textile Industry, by G. L. Royer and C. Maresh, American Cyanamid Co., Calco Technical Bulletin No. 796, 1947, 13 pages.
  6. Microscopical Techniques for the Study of Dyeing, by George L. Royer, Charles Maresh and Anna M. Harding, American Cyanamid, Calco Technical Bulletin No. 770, no date, 42 pages. Royer, George L., Henry E. Millson and H. Willard, “Studies in Wool Dyeing: Crocking,” American Dyestuff Reporter, Feb. 10, 1947, p45; March 10, 1947.
  7. Royer, George L., Henry E. Millson, and Chester Amick, “Studies of Wool Dyeing: Comparison of Methods of Applying Chrome Colors, American Dyestuff Reporter, August 11, 1947, p425­437.
  8. Royer, George L., Henry E. Millson, and Louis I. Fidell, “Studies on Nylon Dyeing: Effect of Dyeing Procedures,” American Dyestuff Reporter, March 8, 1948, p166­182.
  9. Royer, George L., “Scientific Study of Rayon Dyeing, American Dyestuff Reporter, August 9, 1948, p525­-528.
  10. Royer, George L., “The Scientific Approach to the Study of the Coloring and Finishing of Textiles,” American Dyestuff Reporter, September 4, 1950, p580­