Ball, C. Olin

Ball, C. (Charles) Olin

(1893–1970) food technologist; born in Abilene, Kans. While in graduate school at George Washington University (1919–22) he researched sterilization of canned foods for the National Canners Association. From 1922–41 he worked for the American Can Co. in Illinois and New York where he generated some of his 29 patents, including the basic heat-cool-fill canning method (1936), the method and apparatus for open can sterilization (1937), and processes for canning milk (1938–39). He worked for the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. (1944–46) and taught food science at Rutgers University (1949–63). He was a founding member of the Institute of Food Technology (1939).
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