Title: Chemical Engineer
Company: Advanced Research Chemicals, Inc.
Location: Gore, Oklahoma, United States
Larry A. Tharp, Chemical Engineer at Advanced Research Chemicals, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements and leadership in uranium conservation.
Loving coming up with designs and methods, as well as seeing how things worked, Mr. Tharp has directed the chemical engineering section of Advanced Research Chemicals, Inc., in Catoosa, Oklahoma, since 2015. He began his professional career as an engineer, technology assistant and paper mill manager at the International Paper Company in Pine Bluff, Alaska, in 1963, remaining in this role for six years before joining Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation in Gore, Oklahoma, in 1969, where he remained for 17 years. Following this tenure, he served in numerous other engineering and management positions before consulting and serving as president of The Latest Inc., in Gore from 1993 to 2019. He is also the former chairman of Board 1-40 of the Industrial Park and Port of Gore, as well as the current president of Tenkiller Valley Ranch since 1974. In preparation for his career, Mr. Tharp pursued a formal education at the University of Tulsa, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1963. He then attended Oklahoma City University, where he attained a Master of Business Administration in 1991.
A member of the board of directors member for the Tenkiller Association in Cookson, Oklahoma, from 1975 to 1996, Mr. Tharp is responsible for the development of fluorine generation processes, uranium fluorination processes, NOx emission control processes, hydrofluorination process systems and fluorination process systems. Additionally, he holds a patent for fluorine generation process systems. Active with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, Lions and the Squadron 3 Air Scouts, he is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Likewise, Mr. Tharp was honored with the Eagle Award by the Eagle Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America and was selected for inclusion in the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. The opportunity to design different types of processes and knowing how the process works inspired him to work hard.
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