Robert McHarness graduated from Linfield College in 1928 and worked for DuPont for the majority of his career. He was a research chemist at Jackson Laboratory, Chambers Works, in Deepwater, New Jersey. McHarness was involved in the discovery of Teflon and was instrumental in developing the methods for its mass production. His name was on several patents, and the Teflon production process remains the same today.
McHarness also was associated with Freon throughout his career, working on the team that developed the process to manufacture it. Additionally, he was part of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II.
The Robert C. McHarness Photograph Collection consists of images from the 1982 Linfield College commencement ceremony, when McHarness was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.