University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Kenneth Albert Kobe Papers, 1922-1960



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kobe, Kenneth A. (Kenneth Albert), 1905-1958
Title: Kobe, Kenneth Albert, papers
Dates: 1922-1960
Abstract: Kenneth Albert Kobe (1905-1958) was Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin starting in 1941 and served as associate director of the Bureau of Industrial Chemistry after 1946. The papers document Kobe's research, teaching, application for patents, and involvement as a consultant to an educational and industrial facility in Brazil.
Accession No.: 73-108
OCLC No.: 962486260
Extent: 3 ft., 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Kenneth Albert Kobe, chemical engineer and professor, was born in Osakis, Minnesota on March 19, 1905. He earned a B.S. in 1926, M.S. in 1928, and Ph.D. in 1930 from the University of Minnesota. He served on the chemical engineering faculty of the University of Washington at Seattle from 1931 to 1941, when he was hired by the University of Texas at Austin as professor of chemical engineering. He also served as associate director of the Bureau of Industrial Chemistry after 1946.

A consultant to several oil and chemical companies, Kobe additionally served as a major in the Chemical Warfare Service, 1942-1944 and a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. He held seven patents on tear gas, submerged combustion, and the recovery of manganese and sodium sulfate. A member of several professional organizations, Kobe also wrote four books and more than a hundred published articles.

Kobe married Jeneva K. Holm in 1932 and the couple had two children. He died in Austin on November 2, 1958. He is buried in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Source:

Vertical files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in America, 1950-51.


Scope and Contents

The Kenneth Albert Kobe Papers, 1922-1960, document Kobe's research, teaching, application for patents, and his involvement as a consultant to "PETROBRAS" (Petróleo Brasileiro, S.A.), an educational and industrial facility in Brazil. The collection includes technical reports, correspondence, patent applications, certificates, a scrapbook, receipts, student records, military records, dissertations, catalogs, and newspaper clippings.


 

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into six series:
  • I. Patent records
  • II. Teacher/student records
  • III. Classified correspondence
  • IV. PETROBRAS
  • V. Personal and miscellaneous records
  • VI. Photographs

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kobe, Kenneth A. (Kenneth Albert), 1905-1958
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of Industrial Chemistry.
United States. Army
Petróleo Brasileiro, S.A.
Subjects
Chemists and chemistry
Engineering
Inventions.
Patents.
Chemistry teachers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kenneth Albert Kobe Papers, 1922-1960, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Robert Martin, June 1976.

Subsequent revisions were made by Claire D. Maxwell, March 1986 and Jessi Fishman, January 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Patent records

box
3F201 Catalytic Oxidation of Ammonia
Covering Method of Concentrating Solutes
Fuel Burning Apparatus
Lachrymatory Composition
Kobe vs. Barker and Danner
Manual of Patent Examing Procedure
Method and Apparatus for Submerged Combustion of Liquid Fuels
Miscellaneous
Patent Drawings
box
3F202 Process for Mercury Diaryls
Process of and Apparatus for Dehydrating Salts
Processes of Dehydrating Salts
Processes of Monomercurating Aromatic Compounds
Production of Vinyl Chloride from Cracking Hydrocarbon Gases
Submerged Combustion Heater
Notes



 

Teacher/student records

box
3F203 Notes
Experimental Laboratory Notes
Grignard Reagent with Carbon Suboxide
Physical Chemistry
General Chemistry
Illustrative Problems in Engineering
An Introduction to Engineering Problems
Dissertation
Charles M. Oualline, Jr.
box
3F204 Reports
Technical Water Analysis, Donald S. Beach
Coulometers, Ernest Long
Organic Chemical Technology



 

Classified correspondence

box
3F205 American Chemical Society, 1957-1958
J. Howard Arnold, 1951-1952
Consolidation Services, 1932-1957
Dehydration of p-Gymene, 1950-1951
Kobe-Lynn Vinyl Chloride Process, 1953-1958
box
3F206 Macmillan: Editorial Advisor, 1946-1954
Macmillan: Inorganic Process Industries, 1944-1947
Monomercurating Aromatic Compounds, 1944-1946
George Schultze, 1952-1958
Scientific Apparatus Makers, 1957
Wendrow-Kobe Phosphate Process, 1948-1956



 

PETROBRAS

box
3F207 Course schedules
Curricula
South American tour, 1958
Supplies
box
3F208 Correspondence, 1951-1958
Correspondence: Applicants, 1951-1957
Correspondence: Moggi, 1951-1958



 

Personal and miscellaneous records

box
3F209 Military records
Miscellaneous, 1944-1954
Orders, 1942-1944
Efficiency records, 1949-1950
Commissions, 1926-1950
Chemical Warfare School correspondence course, 1927-1941
Personal miscellany, 1934-1940
Scrapbook
Insurance and credit union information, 1957



 

Photographs

box
3Y75 Three black and white photos; two show men in army uniforms ca. 1920s; one shows a large group of men on the steps of a building, undated