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A Guide to the William August Felsing Papers, 1940-1952
William August Felsing was born on May 19, 1891, in Denton, Texas. He studied at Blinn College in Brenham before teaching public school for two years. He earned his bachelor's (1913) and Master's (1915) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied under Professor E. P. Schoch. He had published his first two scientific writings by 1916 and over the next 35 years he wrote approximately 70 others.
Felsing earned his doctorate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attained the rank of Captain in the Chemical Warfare Service. After his war service he joined the Department of Chemistry at UT. In 1945 he collaborated with Paul Boner on work done at the newly organized UT Defense Research Laboratory. He also served as chairman of the Chemistry Department and as chairman of the Budget Council. He directed the work of approximately 25 graduate students at the University and remained at UT until his death.
Felsing's main research was on the physical properties of solutions and on the pressure-volume-temperature relationship of gases. He was an active member of the Austin Kiwanis Club and of the University Methodist Church. He held nearly every office of the Central Texas Section of the American Chemical Society and was a contributing editor of the Journal of Chemical Education. Additionally, he was a member of the Texas Academy of Science and other professional and scholarly organizations.
William August Felsing was happily married to Stella (Scorgie) Felsing for decades. He died on October 5, 1952, in Austin.
In Memoriam: William August Felsing, UT Office of the General Faculty & Faculty Council
Research materials, correspondence, lab notes, reports, articles, thesis assignments, and research problems comprise the William August Felsing Papers, 1940-1952, and relate to Felsing and his activities as a chemist and teacher at the University of Texas at Austin and to his work on the National Research Council. The papers document correspondence Felsing had with colleagues and students, research articles written by Felsing and others for publication, chemical analyses performed by the UT Chemistry Department for the National Research Council, research and thesis topics devised by Felsing for his students, and accompanying data concerning Felsing's research interests involving physical properties of solutions and pressure-volume-temperature relationships of gases.
This collection is open for research use.
William August Felsing Papers, 1940-1952, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ralph Elder, April 1979.
Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, January 1996 and Jessi Fishman, June 2016.