Lloyd Augustus Hall

Inventor of Food Preservation



Lloyd Augustus Hall, was a major contributor to the science of food preservation. He was born in Elgin, Illinois on June 20, 1894, and was raised in Auroura, Illinois. He graduated from East Side High School in 1912. He then earned a B.S. from Northwestern University where he studied pharmaceutical chemistry, then got his Masters from the University of Chicago. After all of his long, hard years of school, he was hired as a chief chemist for Griffith Laboratories. He was also offered a job at Western Electric Company, where he had an interview over the phone, and when they found out he was African-American, the refused to hire him. Well, their loss! He had 59 patents by the end of his career, and was in the Food For Peace Council from 1962-1964. He died on January 2, 1971, at age 77 in Pasadena, California.


He was an honor student all throughout his education and earned honorary degrees from Virginia State University, Howard University, and Tuskegee Institute. He was put into the National Inventor's Hall of fame in 2004!


Lloyd's grandmother came to Illinois using the underground railroad when she was only 16.

Lloyd's parents were both high school graudates, and his father was a Baptist minister.


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By Jessica Hernandez 7th Period