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Britton Chance

Full name: Britton Chance, Sr.
Gender: Male
Born: July 24, 1913 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After graduating from Penn, Britton Chance earned a PhD in physical chemistry from that school, and then attended Cambridge, receiving another PhD in physiology. A renowned scientist, he subsequently received honorary doctorates from many other universities, both in the United States and abroad. For the 1974 America’s Cup Trials, two of the contenders to defend the Cup for the United States were Mariner and Valiant. Chance was the designer of Mariner and assisted in the design of Valiant. At the 1952 Olympics, Chance skippered his boat, Complex ll to victory with the twins, [Ed] and [Sumner White], as his crew. Chance’s son, Britton, Jr., was an alternate to the 1964 Olympic team.

Chance later became a professor of biochemistry at Penn, and was chairman of the department of biophysics and physical biochemistry, but was recognized as a distinguished academic in a variety of scientific fields, and had an endowed chair in the Department of Radiology at Penn. In 1995, new research laboratories at Penn were opened, and named, partially in his honor, the Stellar-Chance Laboratories. He was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of the Royal Society of London. His memberships, awards, and honorary degrees are almost too numerous to list, including virtually every award available to him, save the Nobel Prize. Most notably in 1974 he received the National Medal of Science from the US government, and in 1990 was given The Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences by the American Philosophical Society. Chance published over 1,300 scientific papers.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Mixed 5.5 metres Complex II USA 1 Gold

Mixed 5.5 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Final Standings 1952-07-20 5,751
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race One 1952-07-20 703 2-41:25
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Two 1952-07-21 1,305 3-22:41
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Three 1952-07-22 305 2-40:49
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Four 1952-07-23 264 3-03:33
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Five 1952-07-26 828 3-01:57
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Six 1952-07-27 1,305 2-47:50
1952 Summer 38 Helsinki Sailing Complex II USA Race Seven 1952-07-28 1,305 3-21:27
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