Alfred Lee Loomis: Titan in two worlds
Alfred Lee Loomis does not bear a commonly recognizable name, though the Brahmins in the East knew him quite well; he amassed one of America's great fortunes as a Wall Street tycoon. However, with the exception of the great scientists of the 20th century, few knew of his remarkable scientific work or achievements. He kept his two worlds -- science and finance -- separated, completely shielding one from the other. Wall Street knew little of his private laboratory at Tuxedo Park, or how much he contributed to the U.S. victory in World War II. Loomis was born November 4, 1887, to a well-to-do family in New York. Despite the wealth, his childhood was marred by tragedies. He watched in horror as a rabid dog killed his younger brother. His father walked out on the family, fueled by lust for other women. A very public divorce ensued, unthinkable for a prominent family in those days. And migraines rendered his mother absent for long periods of time.