H. Tracy Hall, 88, a Utah chemist who is considered the father of the man-made industrial diamond, died July 25, 2008, at his home in Provo.
On Dec. 16, 1954, Mr. Hall became the first person to produce diamond from carbon using a verifiable and reproducible process.
He earned an associate degree from Weber College and his master's and doctorate from the University of Utah. He worked for General Electric's research laboratories from 1948 to 1955. He then became a chemistry professor and director of research at Brigham Young University for more than 30 years.
In 1966, he founded the MegaDiamond company with two other BYU professors to create diamond products.
Mr. Hall's many awards included the AIC Chemical Pioneer Award in 1970 and the Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology in 1994.
Born and raised in Weber County, he also served in the Navy during World War II. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many church callings, including bishop of Provo's Pleasant View 1st Ward and a full-time mission with his wife, Ida-Rose, to Zimbabwe and South Africa in 1982-83. His wife died in 2005.
Mr. Hall suffered from diabetes and problems of advanced age in recent years.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m., at the Pleasant View 1st Ward, 650 E. Stadium Ave., Provo. A viewing will be tonight, 6-8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State, Orem, and from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to funeral services.