Harold B. Chambers education and fascination with metallurgy propelled him to a distinguished career in the steel industry and made him a major benefactor of Lehigh's department of materials science and engineering. The Lancaster native first worked for Pittsburgh Crucible Steel Company and the Timken Roller Bearing Company, before joining the fledgling Canadian Atlas Steel Company, Ltd. in 1931 as its first metallurgist. In his 33 year career with Atlas, Chambers held a number of executive positions in the metallurgy department before he was appointed director and then vice president, serving in this last capacity until his retirement in 1964. Dedication to perfection was one of his professional hallmarks.
Chambers was active in research throughout his career, writing numerous papers, giving technical talks and contributing a chapter to a book. He was a member of the American Society of Metals for more than 60 years and was elected a fellow of the society in 1979. His bequest to the department of materials science and engineering made possible the Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor in Material Science and Engineering, a professorship to be given on a rotating basis to a promising young member of the faculty who are starting their careers, and for a Chambers Fellow/Post Doctoral Scientist for a graduate student or recent Ph.D. for research work at Lehigh.