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David Thomas

Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art
Washington, DC
David A. Thomas studied metallurgical engineering at Cornell University, and received his Sc.D. in physical metallurgy from MIT. His interests broadened into materials science while teaching at MIT, in research at Ingersoll-Rand Company, and for most of his career in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. Prior to retirement in 1996, he worked primarily with polymers, particularly collaborating with Dr. L. H. Sperling on interpenetrating polymer network materials. In 2002 he joined the Freer|Sackler as a Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer where he has worked on numerous projects, most extensively on evaluating polymers as conservation materials.