Conant at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. educator and scientist, president of Harvard Univ. (1933-53). Conant received his PhD (1916) from Harvard and taught chemistry there until he was elected its president in 1933. He led the university to broaden the social and geographic makeup of its student body. During World War II he was a central figure in organizing Amer. science, incl. the development of the atomic bomb. In 1953 he was appointed U.S. high commissioner for W. Germany, and in 1955 ambassador. His publications include chemistry textbooks, works on science for the lay reader, and books on educational policy.