Orlando Aloysius Battista

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Orlando Aloysius Battista
BornJune 20, 1917
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
October 3, 1995 (aged 78)October 3, 1995 (aged 78)
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Chemist and author
👩 Spouse(s)Helen Francis Keffer
👶 ChildrenWilliam, Elizabeth Ann
👴 👵 Parent(s)James K. Battista

Orlando Aloysius Battista (June 20, 1917 – October 3, 1995),[1] also frequently referred to as O.A. Battista, was a Canadian-American chemist and author. A devout Catholic, he was notable in his writing for not shying away from advertising his religious beliefs as well as his scientific ones.

Biography[edit]

Battista was born in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, as the seventh of eight children. His father was a long-time Canadian government employee. As a child, he was an altar boy and earned money via shoveling snow and a newspaper route. He began writing at the age of twelve, after saving enough money to buy a typewriter.[2]

Quotes[edit]

“An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”[3]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • How to Enjoy Work and Get More Fun Out of Life (1957)
  • God's World and You (1957)
  • Fundamentals of High Polymers (1958)
  • The Challenge of Chemistry (1959) Illustrated by Gil Cohen.
  • The Power to Influence People (1959)
  • Mental Drugs; Chemistry's Challenge to Psychotherapy (1960)
  • Common Science in Everyday Life (1960)
  • Toward the Conquest of Cancer (1961)
  • Synthetic Fibers in Papermaking (1964)
  • A Dictionary of Quotations (1966)
  • Childish Questions (1973) With Helen Keffer Battista. Illustrated by Keiko Couch.
  • Research for Profit (1974)
  • Microcrystal Polymer Science (1975)
  • People Power (1977)
  • O. A. Battista's Quotations : A Speaker's Dictionary (1977)
  • Olympiad of Knowledge—1984 (1981)
  • Amazing Habits of Ants

Letters[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by St. Vincent College in 1955.
  • Awarded the Anselme Payen Award by the American Chemical Society Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division in 1985.
  • The American Chemical Society held a symposium honoring Battista on April 9, 1987 in Denver, Colorado.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. "Novex Systems International Inc 10-K For 5/31/96".
  2. Walter Romig (1960). The Book of Catholic Authors. Retrieved 2007-07-05. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Saturday Evening Post Vol. 218, no. 27, p. 57. January 5, 1946.


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