Founded his first chemical business at age 18
Nichols’ most often quoted belief was that “the Golden Rule is as applicable in business as it is in church”
Manufactured sulfuric acid, electrolytically refined copper and dyes. Manufactured ammonia from atmospheric nitrogen. Became a force in America’s fledgling chemical industry by capitalizing on the value of research and development work done within the industrial setting.
. . . that throughout his career, Nichols demonstrated a great concern for the welfare of his employees?
. . . that he showed great support for science education and the students of chemistry?
. . . that, in the middle of the Depression,1930, he bequeathed $50,000 to ACS?
. . . that Nichols’ original plant along the Newtown Creek in Queens was infamous for its legacy of pollution? As an example, Nichols is rumored to have once emptied vats of excess sulfuric acid into the creek rather than sell it cheaply to a businessman he had no respect for.