Harold Delaney

Harold Delaney (1919-1994) was an American chemist.

Delaney was born in Philadelphia in 1919, and went on to receive a B.S. in 1941 and an M.S. in 1943 from Howard University. Soon after graduating, he was hired to work on the Manhattan Project as a chemist at the University of Chicago, one of only a few African-American scientists to work on the project.

After the war, Delaney worked as an educator, first teaching at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University in Greensboro from 1945 to 1948 and then later at Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he worked for over 20 years as a chemistry professor and dean.  During this time, he also received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Howard University. In 1974, Delaney became the president of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. After leaving Manhattanville, he also served as the interim president of Chicago State University and Bowie State University in Maryland. He also served as a vice president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, retiring in 1987.

Delaney died on August 2, 1994, in Pilot Mountain, NC.

Harold Delaney's Timeline

  • 1943 to 1945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago.
  • 1945 to 1948 Taught at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University in Greensboro.
  • 1948 to 1961 Taught at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Related Profiles